Throughout the civil rights movement, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. understood the power of the First Amendment and used it to bring national attention to the civil rights movement.
You can bring King and the First Amendment into your classroom through Newseum resources, including:
Lesson Plan: Letter From Birmingham Jail. King was arrested on April 12, 1963, in Birmingham, Ala., by Bull Connor, the public safety commissioner, for parading without a permit and for defying a state order banning demonstrations. The same day that King was arrested, a letter, signed by eight white ministers from Birmingham and titled “A Call for Unity,” was printed in The Birmingham News. The lesson plan includes the full letter and discussion questions.
The Newseum’s EDCollection: Making a Change: The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement. (To access some of these resources, you must be signed into NewseumED; registration is free.)