The 50-year-old words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech motivated activists during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and continue to symbolize the power of the vision for justice, local teachers said.
King’s example of peaceful activism and his hopeful words are important reminders to today’s American students that convictions can be peacefully and effectively fought for, said Chris Wood, social studies and history teacher at Whiteland Community High School.
Teachers at Johnson County high schools and Franklin College planned to lead their classes in discussing King’s speech on its 50th anniversary, which is today.
President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were slated to mark the historic anniversary with a ceremony today at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.