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Under a portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Whitman College freshman Rose Gottlieb tries to draw thoughts out of Walla Walla High School students in teacher Michelle Higgins’ classroom as the students read and discuss excerpts from some of King’s writings during a collaborative “teach the movement” lesson.

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Whitman students teach civil rights movement in Walla Walla schools

WALLA WALLA — From an Alabama jail cell in 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an open letter to his critics defending his call to action through peaceful protest and civil disobedience in a town not his own. Whitman students dispersed to schools the past two weeks to teach about the civil rights movement.

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