Creating Cultural Awareness Through A Close Reading Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’S Letter From Birmingham Jail (1963)

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by Obiora N. Anekwe(Author)

ISBN Number : 978 – 1- 73042 – 180 – 8

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Obiora N. Anekwe
M.Ed., Ed.D., M.S. Bioethics, M.S.T Obiora N. Anekwe is a writer, visual
artist, bioethicist, counselor, and educator. Dr. Anekwe is a graduate of Clark
Atlanta University (B.A., mass media arts with honors), Tuskegee University
(M.Ed., counseling and student development), Auburn University (Ed.D.,
educational leadership), Columbia University in the City of New York (M.S.,
bioethics with high honors and distinction), and Pace University (M.S.T.,
special education with honors). He is a member of the American Society for
Bioethics and Humanities, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the
American Chemical Society. In addition, Dr. Anekwe has authored several
books and articles in education, bioethics, and art. He is a public school
special education teacher who resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Rev. Alexis Southerland
Anekwe, and their son, Amari Obiora Anekwe.

In public school education, there has been a lack of diversity and cultural awareness in the
English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum. In order to comprehensively explore this
research topic, I taught three lessons from the Engage NY curriculum book in order to
measure the effectiveness of cultural awareness taught through the close reading of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. I addressed the topic of
creating cultural awareness through a close reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter
from Birmingham Jail written in 1963.
The lessons were taught February 9 through 11 in 2016 to 10th grade students in an English
Language Arts (ELA) course. The school was a community high school located in
Brooklyn, New York. The action research outcomes were based on documented evidence
from such learning tools as student artifacts, scaffolding documents, and results from pre
and post assessments. The lesson plans were developed in consultation with Engage NY,
which houses a multiplicity of New York State approved lesson plans that assist teachers
grades P-12 in implementing Common Core standardized lesson activities for enhanced
student learning outcomes in English Language Arts and Mathematics.