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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.: Ideas for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Martin Luther King, Jr. giving "I have a dream" speech

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday is January 15, 1929 and we will honor him each year on this day.  We thought it would be helpful to share some ideas for activities and resources to mark the occasion.

Auditory Materials

An audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving the "I Have a Dream" speech during the Civil Rights rally on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963 can be heard here.

Selected Books in Braille

Martin Luther King, Jr.--Man of Peace
by Lillie Patterson
54 pages, Ages 8-12
Available in contracted braille from Seedlings

Marching For Freedom Walk Together, Children, And Don't You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge, Ages 10-13
Available in braille from APH

A Lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Denise Lewis Patrick
Available in contracted braille from National Braille Press


Booklet to Download and Modify

Putting Together "I Have a Dream"

This activity about Martin Luther King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech can be adapted for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.


Other Resources

Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline

For more information about Dr. King see his papers at:


martin luther king jr. collage


Posted on January 2, 2015
Updated on: February 8, 2018