Martin Luther King Day, observed on the third Monday of January, was first celebrated in 1986. As part of your celebration this year, take some time to do this free 15-Minute Music Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
By the way, this lesson is part of the online course called Music Lessons for Holidays and Special Days!
15-Minute Music Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a U.S. federal holiday in honor of King to remember and focus on his leadership during the Civil Rights movement. It’s celebrated on the third Monday of January each year.
A great song of the Civil Rights movement is “We Shall Overcome.” It was sung by those who believed things could change for the better. (It’s disputed who originally wrote the song and who holds the copyright.)
Listen to 3 different versions of “We Shall Overcome” and then write the lyrics on the included printable.
From Louis Armstrong:
Which version did you like the most? Can you sing the song now yourself?
Printable Download for the 15-Minute Music Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
Download the printable to do copywork of “We Shall Overcome” below.
More MLK Resources
- 15-Minute Music Lesson on Charlie “Bird” Parker, jazz saxophonist
- 15-Minute Music Lesson on Aaron Copland
- 15-Minute Music Lesson on Gilbert and Sullivan
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