Visit a museum or historical monument every Monday and broaden your homeschool horizons. This week: the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each Monday we take a few minutes to visit a notable museum or monument in the United States, all in keeping with our comfortable philosophy of “teaching with-out the curriculum.” Explore a new place with your students, find it in your atlas, learn a new name or a new date, and your little lesson is done. Over the course of the year, almost without realizing it, your students will absorb a wealth of new historical and geographical information. (And so will you!)
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, so we are going to pay a virtual visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Georgia, operated by the U.S. National Park Service:
The King National Historical Park includes a modern visitor center and a collection of adjacent sites that were important in the life of the great American civil rights leader, including King’s birth home, the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where King and his father both preached, and the gravesite of King and his wife Coretta Scott King.
Browse the National Park Service’s website for the park to learn more, and maybe make plans for a future visit in person!
¶ A mighty stream: The riverine title of today’s post comes from King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, delivered 28 August 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington: “We cannot be satisfied so long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and the Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” King was quoting the Old Testament book of Amos (5:23–24): “Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
¶ Your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books) has an excellent illustrated summary of the life and work of Martin Luther King on pages 432–433. Your River Houses almanac has a list of U.S. national parks and monuments on pages 425–432, and the sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to the comprehensive America’s Parks website, which includes national and state parks, historic sites, wildlife refuges, and more.
What museum or monument have you visited lately?