In place of our usual “This Week in Geographic History,” we’ve gathered content related to upcoming events so you can plan ahead over the holidays.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
Martin Luther King, Jr. meets with other civil rights leaders during the 1963 March on Washington. Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic.
Visual: 1963 March on Washington
Background: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights
Activity: Watch this video about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life
Thousands gather at the U.S. Capitol for the Inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. National Geographic.
Visual: Aerial photo of the 2009 Inauguration
Background: Inauguration Day photos, history, and fast facts
Activity: Read this article about Trump’s view on climate change and ask students: What do you think the incoming administration means for the environment?
Black History Month
A 99-year-old African-American woman sits in her Detroit home surrounded by portraits documenting five generations of her family. Photograph by Wayne Lawrence, National Geographic.
Map: African American Population
Background: Collection of Black History Month resources
Activity: Explore the National Museum of African American History’s “Grounds for Solidarity” photo essay and discussion questions.
A teenage boy plays the guitar at a Valentines Day school dance in Alaska. Photograph by Emory Kristof, National Geographic.
Visual: Drawing of a heart (the real kind!)
Background: History of Valentine’s Day
Activity: Learn about the different ways Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world. Ask students which country’s Valentine’s tradition they like best.