Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King: THE POWER OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE
Through engaging activities, video, and small-group discussion, students consider the Montgomery Bus Boycott and how they might stand up against injustice in their own lives.
By Marieke van Woerkom
- honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by learning about nonviolent resistance
- learn about the "power in numbers"
- look at the Montgomery Bus Boycott as an example of effective nonviolent resistance
- consider ways that nonviolent action can be useful in cases of bullying
- learning how to stand up to violence, oppression and injustice in nonviolent ways
- learning that beyond "fight or flight," there is a third response: being assertive
learning about the power of cooperation
- today's agenda on chart paper or on the board
Eyes on the Prize clip about the Montgomery bus boycott at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eyesontheprize/resources/vid/02_video_bus_q...
- What was the activity like for you?
- What did you need to do to create the rainstorm? (Answers might include listening, cooperation, coordination, support etc.)
- What did you notice about the sound of the rainstorm?
- Is it possible to create a rainstorm by yourself?
Agenda and Introduction
The Montgomery Bus Boycott
- Ask your students what they know about the Montgomery bus boycott.
- Have they ever heard of a woman named Rosa Parks? What do they know about her?
- Ask your students what they think about the Montgomery Bus Boycott as an example nonviolent action.
- Do your students think Rosa Parks would have been able to change the constitution by herself?
- What does this tell us about power in numbers?
Microlab: The power in numbers
- What are your students' thoughts about that?
- Would doing this honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King? How?
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