Spark Lit Club for Kids! | Maya Lawrence reads "Sit-In," by Andrea Pinkney


Spark Lit Club for Kids! | Maya Lawrence reads "Sit-In," by Andrea Pinkney

Join Alliance Theatre performer, Maya Lawrence, in the reading of “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down,” by Andrea Pinkney. This reading was presented with permission from Scholastic.

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{articles|100|campaign}Martin Luther King, Jr., "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?"

Rarely seen footage of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, where he delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”

Video used by permission of The School District of Philadelphia. All rights reserved.
Speech reprinted in A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students, part of the King Legacy Series, published by Beacon Press. This is the first time the speech has been published in its entirety.

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