Friday, September 6, 2013

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

While we were in Atlanta, over the Labor Day weekend, we took our first history field trip of the new school year. I want to focus on 20th Century history this year and it is the 50th anniversary of King's "I have a dream" speech at the March on Washington, so this was a perfect time to visit The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

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There are several sites to visit within a two block area, the museum, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, King's birth place, and his grave.

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The "I Have a Dream" speech:

Blaze was introduced to another topic in 20th century history while at DragonCon, as George Takei spoke about his youth in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War 2. This is a subject we will definitely be revisiting when we reach the Second World War in our studies.


Ula said...

Nick and I came across a monument in DC for the Japanese who had been imprisoned during WWII. We had no idea it existed, and we were not looking for it, but we stopped and admired it all the same. It had a message I doubt anyone could disagree with, which was that it was a huge injustice that ought never be repeated.

Crescent Moon said...

I would really like to see George Takei's musical, Allegiance, which is about life in an internment camp. I told Mother that we had seen George Takei, but she didn't know who he was.

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