Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities

MLKMartin Luther King, Jr. fought for equal civil rights. Each year, on the 3rd Monday of January, we celebrate his life and his dream. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a minister who participated in many peaceful demonstrations in regard to unfair treatment of African Americans. He is famous for his meaningful speech “I Have a Dream.” He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1964.

If your kids are off from school today, don’t make this just another long weekend.  Take a little time to create an opportunity to talk about slavery, Civil Rights, discrimination, and community.

Go see the movie “Lincoln.”  If you have older kids, grab a bucket of popcorn and be entertained while learning about our nation’s history.

Keep your ticket stub and get $2 admission to the Fairfield Museum. While at the museum, visitors can tour “The Promise of Freedom,” which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Watch the “I Have a Dream” speech on YouTube.  Talk about other ways in which we discriminate or bully people.  It’s never too early to learn tolerance and compassion.

Participate in MLK Day of Service.  You can find projects in your community or make one of your own.  Pick up trash at your favorite park.  Donate Starbucks coffee at your local shelter.  Visit a Senior Center.

Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all. He encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live. Hopefully, one day we will live in such a beloved community.

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