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Martin Luther King is interviewed by Robin Day about his non-violent campaign against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Dr King responds to a question about involving school children in protests. He expresses his views on the actions of the US government to bring about desegregation and other improvements in civil rights.
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11 March 2009

Classroom Ideas

Students could play the role of Martin Luther King’s advisers in the civil rights movement and consider how well they think the interview went. Alternatively, they could play the role of programme producers and write more questions that they would like to ask Dr King. Investigate the public and private personas of Martin Luther King and discuss why he was such a successful figurehead. Debate what weaknesses King had and if these had any negative impacts on the civil rights movement.