Celebrate the Work of Dr. Martin Luther King!

New Quaver song honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

February is Black History Month. This month-long celebration is a great opportunity to educate students using the power of music.

Your Quaver resources now include a brand new song honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Found in Resource Manager by searching “He Had a Dream,” this song highlights Dr. King’s character, beliefs, and contributions to the social justice movement.

This very special song was a collaborative effort with some very special visitors to Quaver HQ. David Gordon and Dwayne Bass, elementary music co-teachers at Albany Community Charter School in New York, dropped by HQ a few months ago to lend their talents and musical expertise! Featuring the musical talents of this dynamic duo and Quaver staff such as Otto Gross, Sharon Cho, Dan Monaco, and Sean Smith, “He Had a Dream” was born!

David Gordon and Dwayne Bass are interviewed by Graham Hepburn in the Quaver HQ studio

Here are just a few of the ways to use this song in your classroom: 

Black History

While this song is a great way to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it’s also a great launching point for students to learn about other influential African-American figures.

Using the BLACK HISTORY activity, introduce students to famous African-American musicians like Scott Joplin (Pianist), Marian Anderson (Singer), and Louis Armstrong (Trumpeter).

Search “This Little Light of Mine (History)” in Resource Manager to find this activity!

Pull in outside resources to learn more about Dr. King’s ideas and about the important lives and work of other historical African-American figures such as Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman. Use Quaver’s Multimedia Screen to build your own lesson screen with pictures and information to add to any custom lesson.

Encourage Social and Emotional Learning

The lyrics of “He Had A Dream” are a great way to emphasize SEL in the classroom.

Encourage students to sing along.  Engage in a lively discussion about the lyrics. What are some ways that your students can continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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How will you use this song in your classroom?