Martin Luther King Stamp
Throughout his inspiring life, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke out for the rights and dignity of all people from all walks of life. Today, nearly half a century after his monumental speeches and marches, your nine year old may look at you blankly when you describe the conditions that King and his followers protested. If so, that’s probably a sign of our nation’s progress. But, especially in January as our nation celebrates King’s birthday, it’s also important for every American to remember his legacy so that it will never die. This year, as your fourth grader deepens social studies work and learns to do beginning research, you’ve got a great opportunity to explore King’s life and lessons. To bring it home, here’s an art activity with civic relevance: designing a memorial postage stamp. There are lots of money denominations for U.S. stamps, of course, but since King spent so many years helping African-Americans rise above segregation, our project calls for a “first class” stamp that would make any American proud.