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As we prepare to Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida next week, we remember a key figure in the continued fight for equality, and a firm believer in the power of literacy, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Historically, literacy has been used both to deny and promote citizenship.  MLK understood the importance of using literacy practices to raise questions about social, economic, and political issues and used these practices to lead the civil rights movement.  This is evident in his I Have a Dream speech.

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”

In that dream, King believed in the importance of providing children with the tools necessary to better their education and set themselves for greater success in life…that starts with literacy.  “Literacy is a gateway through which all our young people must pass if they are to achieve Dr. King’s dream of equal opportunity.” (Isaac Hayes).  Today we honor the birth of a great man.  Enjoy this day in the spirit of MLK!

Suggested Reading: Martin’s Big Words, http://www.scholastic.com/browse/book.jsp?id=2925.

 

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