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Young Students’ Study of Race Not Limited to MLK Day

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday inspires classrooms like sixth-grade teacher Peter Maginot’s to hash out the details of civil rights and race in America, in light of national struggles with race and violence.

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January often inspires schools to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. around the holiday bearing his name. But in light of national struggles with race and violence, classrooms like sixth-grade teacher Peter Maginot’s have been hashing out the finer details of civil rights and race in America since the start of this school year. The names of more recently departed black men — Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown — are added topics of debate over racism and intolerance. (NPR)

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