McKinley Elementary School students learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Joplin schools will be closed on Monday as well, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

Students at McKinley Elementary School have been doing research on the civil rights leader whose birthday is always celebrated on the third Monday of January each year. Erica Durossette’s 2nd grade class wrote papers about Dr. King.

“And they’ve taken articles and found facts about him and pulled out what they’ve found most interesting to them about him and put it into a paper, we published the paper to hang out in the hall so the rest of the students,” says Erica Durossette.

“Black and white people could eat at the same restaurants and Martin Luther King Jr. he did the walk to Washington,” says Rashon Triplette.

“He was born January 15th, 1929, freedom and equality for everybody,” says Christian Mancini.

King was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was just 39 years old when he was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray.

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