Martin Luther King Collage

What You Need:

  • 9 sheets of paper
  • Colored markers
  • Old magazines (travel and golf magazines, which show a lot of landscape work well)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Presentation folder with transparent cover and sliding binding feature
  • Copy of Martin Luther King’s speech as a reference

What You Do:

  1. Go to the library or search online for Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and have your child read it from start to finish. Encourage your child to re-read it a second time in order to understand the meaning of it, helping them with any difficult parts if necessary.
  2. Focus on the last portion of the speech, which says: “And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.”
  3. Have your child take a blank piece of paper and on the front, write the first line, “And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire."
  4. Then, invite your child to flip the piece of paper over and make a collage depicting what that line means to them. Encourage her to use a combination of old magazine pictures and hand-drawn images.
  5. Once she has completed the first page, have her begin work on the second page.
  6. On the front, she will write the next sentence, “Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York,” and on the back, she will make a collage that represents it. Again, she can embellish the picture with cut-outs from old magazines and her own drawings.
  7. Have her continue working with each line of the speech in this manner until the eighth page illustrates, “…every hill and molehill of Mississippi.”
  8. The ninth and final sheet of paper will be the cover page. Ask your child to write the title of their "I Have a Dream" book - they can title it however they want - and decorate the page with drawings and cut-outs that symbolize freedom to them. If possible, locate a picture of Dr. King and add that to the cover page.
  9. Have your child use the presentation folder to “bind” their new book. This way, all of the pages remain beautifully intact, free of holes or staples.

This activity is a meaningful project that you and your child can do together to help celebrate the life and work of Dr. King and the spirit of equality. Your child will not only learn a lot making this collage book but they'll also enjoy themselves as well.

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