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Martin Luther King Jr. Day presents opportunity for celebration, teaching

from The Baltimore Sun

At Leith Walk Elementary School in Northeast Baltimore, teaching children about Martin Luther King Jr. doesn't just happen in a one-day celebration. Teachers and administrators said that they try to link King to modern day history makers such as President Barack Obama, introduce students to lesser-known figures from the civil rights movement, and show how concepts like nonviolence are relevant to their own lives. And for the littlest learners, the 4- and 5-year-olds, it requires breaking down King's teachings to child-friendly concepts, like being fair and embracing differences. Elementary schoolchildren need to see that King was just like them, said Michelle R. Scott, an associate history professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. more

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