Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Day of Racial Healing

How to talk about race with students of any age.

Talking About Race and Racial Justice

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day comes on the third Monday in January every year, with the National Day of Racial Healing following the next day. These events bring with them valuable opportunities to facilitate important discussions with students and peers about race and racial justice.

The Michigan Learning Channel has compiled a list of ways to start those conversations. Here, you’ll find resources for students of all ages.

For Teachers

Portrait Of Female Teacher In Classroom At Montessori School

PBS Teachers’ Lounge

Articles by teachers and educators to build a community that values new ideas and inspiration for the classroom.

See articles related to teaching and discussing race on PBS Learning Media.

For Preschool and Elementary Students

 Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism

Tips and resources to help caregivers have a meaningful conversation with young children about race, racism, and being anti-racist.

Find the list at PBS KIDS For Parents.

Sesame Street in Communities: Racial Justice

The residents of Sesame Street offer videos, printables, and more for young children to learn about race.

Find resources at Sesame Street in Communities.

Little Neighbors

Foster a love of community service with activities on how to think and act with concern, respect, and kindness for others. 

Find the full list of activities at Sesame Street in Communities.

Reading List for Ages 6-12

Fiction and nonfiction books about Civil Rights leaders, standing up for what you believe in, and helping others.

See the full list on the Reading Rockets website.

For Middle School and Above

Extra Credit Special Episode

Travel with students from the Detroit School of the Arts and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy.

Watch the episode on demand anytime.

Racism in the Present Day

Use these materials with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in their own communities.

Find the collection on PBS Learning Media.