At Morehouse College King was an unexceptional student, characterized by teachers as an underachiever. Intellectually unsatisfied by what he perceived as narrow-mindedness in the black southern Baptist church, he was not yet devoted to a life of service to God. At Morehouse King first read the essay Civil Disobedience by the American Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, and was reportedly quite moved by its emphasis of justice over law...
Letters from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. A fan of Thoreau’s essay Civil Disobedience, King was imprisoned for organizing a non-violent protest against racial segregation in Alabama. It was in jail that King penned the now historic phrase, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
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EDSITEment, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has a lesson plan for grades 6-8: The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You. If you'd like to discuss poetry from the Harlem Renaissance era as part of KRARI, this might be a helpful resource.