Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebrating DPS Cultural Moments

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is January 17th.

Celebrate the vibrant impact and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.! We've included a curated list of new and well-reviewed books written by authors of color, including social justice and activist themes, links to relevant Sora collections, links to vetted external resources for lesson plans and activities, and more.

Access the entire History Liberated Sora collection here.

Elementary Reads

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Elementary Chapter Book Reads

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Middle School Reads

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High School Reads

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Resources include lesson plans, activity ideas, local calendar of events, change-maker biographies and Sora navigation.

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Learning for Justice

Includes classroom resources, professional development and more.

Black Authors Sora Collection

Over 1,200 titles, including fiction, memoirs, nonfiction and audiobooks.

History Liberated Sora Collection

Books highlighting the perspectives of historically marginalized groups to provide a well-rounded view of our nation's past and present.

Know Justice, Know Peace Sora Collection

This collection is inspired by the Know Justice Know Peace Resolution by four DMLK students. The titles selected illuminate the themes of anti-racism, Blackness, self-confidence, youth activism and Black joy.

Black Boy Joy! Sora Collection

Books celebrating the humanity of Black boys.

#1000BlackGirlBooks Sora Collection

A collection of books based on Marley Dias' initiative to curate and promote books that reflect the lived experiences of Black girls.

Blind Date with a Sora eBook

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This flyer is a part of Library Services Diverse Books Initiative that seeks to support culturally responsive education in Denver Public Schools where all students have equitable access to reading materials that reflect and honor their lives, and connect them with the world.