You can inspire children by teaching them about Dr. King’s school days. Then they will understand that he had to face obstacles, study, and learn. Kids feel so powerless sometimes—it’s good to show them that famous people were once children, and that everyone was a beginner at some point.
You and your class would enjoy taking Valerie Strauss’s MLK Quiz: His unorthodox education. Here are some no-context tidbits to get kids interested:
Did you know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. …
> Was kicked out of school? (Okay, so it was kindergarten, and it was only because he was too young. Got your attention, though!)
> Was called an underachiever by his college professors?
> skipped two grades?
> thought about studying law or medicine?