Explore Resources on Dr. King's Legacy and Inaugurations

The nation celebrates the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16. We provide a range of resources to help you teach your students about Dr. King's wide-reaching impact not only on our country but also the world. And on January 20, the 45th president of the United States will be sworn in to office. Check out these fascinating resources about the history of inauguration ceremonies and about George Washington's first inaugural address.

I Have a Dream: Celebrating the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.


The feature from the National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment highlights resources, activities, and lesson plans to help teachers, students, parents, and caregivers understand the impact Dr. King had — and continues to have — upon our country and the global efforts toward peace and civil rights.

For a complete list of resources about Dr. King, click here.

Inaugurations: Stepping into History


Discover in this resource from the Library of Congress what inauguration ceremonies over the centuries can teach us about our changing nation and the leaders who have shaped it.

"No One Event Could Have Filled Me with Greater Anxieties": George Washington and the First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

Washington Inauguration

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers Phillip Hamilton’s essay “‘No Event Could Have Filled Me with Greater Anxieties’: George Washington and the First Inaugural Address,” which reminds us how precedent-setting our first president was. Anxious that his lack of administrative experience might make his task as the executive of a new nation difficult, Washington nevertheless proved he was as expert at statesmanship as he was on the battlefield.

For a complete list of resources on the presidency, click here.

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