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ERIC Number: EJ1090581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Has the Dream Been Fulfilled? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & President Barack Hussein Obama
Robinson, Nichelle Boyd; Moore, Virginia J.; Williams-Black, Thea H.
Multicultural Education, v23 n1 p59-63 Fall 2015
Equality for all was the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and he knowingly laid the foundation for and inspired the first African-American President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, who also had the dream of "Change" for America. These men exhibited how working together can make dreams become reality. For the past few years, educators across America are doing just that, working together toward a common curriculum goal--one that helps subjects such as social studies and language arts intertwine to provide students with a greater knowledge base to better equip themselves to follow their own dreams. This focus on personal dreams is definitely a way to address meaningful and powerful social studies lessons that include culturally responsive teaching and the Common Core curriculum concurrently. Meaningful social studies lessons activate students' prior knowledge, which allows them to make meaningful connections between themselves and what they are learning. In order for this to take place, teachers must develop well-planned lessons for students that integrate across the curriculum. This article presents the methodology, a sample lesson plan, and recommendations that will enhance the study in order to find multiple ways to examine if the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama have been fulfilled.
Descriptors: Presidents, African Americans, Social Change, Social Studies, Common Core State Standards, Teaching Methods, Culturally Relevant Education, Prior Learning, Lesson Plans, Social Justice
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