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Activity Two: “Love”

King preaches to the congregation of Ebenezer Baptist Church with arms stretched wide, 30 April 1967

During his 30 April 1967 sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, King urges America to repent and abandon what he calls its"tragic, reckless adventure in Vietnam."

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Instructions

  1. How do you define love? How do others define love? Ask students to seek out and bring to class poetry, literature, or quotes by famous individuals about the definition of love. Lead a discussion and create a class definition of love. Add your class definitions of love to the gallery walk.
  2. Read the information and watch the interviews on Freedom’s Ring: King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech on the themes of “Love and Faith” and “Tactics of the Movement.”
  3. Read King's sermon “Loving Your Enemies.” How does King define love in Loving Your Enemies?” How has his Christian faith contributed to his understanding?
  4. Lead a class discussion. Is it possible for you to forgive a person who hates you or has caused you harm?  Is it possible for you to love a person or group of people who have caused harm to others? What does it take to end a cycle of hate?