Throwback Thursday: Martin Luther King, Jr. in classroom magazines

Gina Asprocolas  //  Jan 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Martin Luther King, Jr. in classroom magazines

It's the first Throwback Thursday post of the year! With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day happening this Monday, our librarian Deimosa suggested we look for articles about him in the back issues of our classroom magazine.

As you may have read on this blog earlier this summer, the Scholastic Archives (the place we go to find all these vintage books and articles) are currently under renovation. Over the holiday break, all of our older magazines and titles were moved from their original shelving, and so far, the entire vintage classroom magazine collection has been placed on new, more condensed shelves! (Same amount of materials, less space!)

After moving a bunch of boxes to access to the card catologue, here's what we found in some issues of Junior Scholastic from 1964, 1968, and 1972.

October 28, 1964 (Click the date to see the original cover!) - This article is all about Martin Luther King, Jr. winning the Nobel Peace Prize; click to enlarge.

September 13, 1968 - This issue of the magazine has coverage of James Earl Ray's arrest, and the "Poor People's Campaign" which has been planned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before his death.

March 20, 1972 - This is a review of the Academy Award-nominated documentary from 1970, King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis which was airing on TV after a "one-time-only" theater screening.

And if you're looking for ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. in your classroom, yesterday we posted a collection of teaching resources.

Special thanks to Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey for her ongoing help with this series!

Gina Asprocolas