Martin Luther King Jr. and SAP

18 Jan

While Martin Luther King Jr. is primarily remembered as an activist for social justice and a reverend, it is worth noting that he was also a social scientist. Alongside theology, Dr. King studied Sociology. His legacy has had a profound impact on the social sciences, and his crusade for equality and freedom from systemic injustice and oppression is deeply connected to the themes of this course.


In today’s class, we took a moment to commemorate MLK Day by listening to part of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech – given in front of hundreds of thousands of Americans at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Here is the full speech (we listened to it from around 12:25)

We also read an article about Dr. King’s address to the American Psychological Association and discussed King’s proposals for improving the mental health and well-being of American society and the negative effects of the “three pillars of oppression” (militarism, classism, and racism):

  1. What did Martin Luther King Jr. believe had to happen in order to promote the mental health of people in a society?

  2. Explain how King’s “three pillars of oppression” might be linked to mental and physical disorders?

  3. What other themes of our SAP course are relevant to Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy?

The article is here:


Finally, the Talmud of Martin Luther King Jr. document, created by Hillel’s Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Learning, is available from their website.



One Response to “Martin Luther King Jr. and SAP”


  1. Antflick. Ms Antflick, 007. | Teach 'em Good - March 11, 2011

    […] Earlier this year, on World Toilet Day, I had my grade 9 Geography students discuss global sanitation inequities while squatting beside their desks (see: The Big Squat). On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, I screened the “I have a dream” speech to introduce rhetorical devices to my grade 9 English classes, and had the students write their own “I have a dream” reflections.  In my grade 11 Social Science class, we looked at MLK as a social sceintist (the lesson is available on my other blog – SAP on the Web). […]

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