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On October 16, 1995, perhaps a million black men gathered for the Million Man March on Washington. This was 32 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic "I have a dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial to 250,000 civil rights supporters.
The National Park Service, who is responsible for overseeing the logistics of having a rally on the Mall, estimated that only 400,000 men had attended. This was widely disputed at the time. Since then the NPS no longer estimates crowd size but how do you count a crowd?
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Time lines for life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Two timelines that show the rate and spacing of progress.
- One timeline about events and accomplisments of Martin Luther King, Jr
- Second timeline about the progress made in America, so far, towards racial balance and equal opportunity
3.MD, 4.MD, 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G, 7.RP, 7.G
Data on the National Mall sites - Two data analysis activities about the National Mall.
- Who we honor - Students look at the individuals who are memorialized on the National Mall and, using fractions or percents, decide what they can notice about those we honor.
- Monuments most visited - Analysis of the visitor statistics of the National Mall and make observations.
3.NF.1, 6.RP.3, 7.NS.3