Martin Luther King, Jr. Day falls on January 21st this year. And it’s the perfect time for parents and kids to get together to learn a bit more about this great man and his important work. Here are a few ideas that parents can implement to make the day both educational and fun.
Take a trip to the library to check out some books on Dr. King. Here is a small sampling of titles:
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.by Marion Dane Bauer: King’s life is shown in easy to read text and illustrations for kids from age four.
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up With the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Christine King Farris: King’s sister shares her perspective on what influenced his life. Ages six and up.
Dear Dr. King: Letters from Today's Children to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.edited by Jan Colbert and Ann McMillan Harms: This book takes a look a race relations in present-day America through the eyes of children. Ages six and up.
Join in the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. In 1994, Congress declared the federal holiday a day of service and it has become a way for people to serve their communities, empower individuals and create solutions.
This website, http://mlkday.gov/index.php lets people search by zip code to find service projects in their community. It’s a great way to get kids involved and teach them the importance of helping others. In my community alone, I found projects that kids can participate in including, creating a handprint banner for MLK, Jr. Day, making clay bowls for hunger and paint YMCA residence halls (ages 14 and up).
Take in a parade.
Many large cities across the country such as New York, Houston, and Baltimore, as well as smaller towns, host parades on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Take in a parade with your kids and talk about the various groups marching and what they are celebrating.
However you choose to spend the day, take some time out to teach your kids the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all the good he did so that others can live in freedom.