Monday marks the official celebration and holiday to honor civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day of remembrance shouldn’t just be treated as a day off from school and work. It’s a day that was created to remember Dr. King’s life and service that he gave to the world.
My now 18 year old son loves to bring up the fact that I made him write reports and do research on Dr. King when he was younger. He couldn’t just stay at home and play video games all day. We utilized the day to promote learning more about Dr. King’s life and all of the things he did to spread peace amongst everyone.
It’s important for us as parents to make sure that Dr. King’s Dream is remembered and lives on amongst our children. Which is why it’s critical to have them involved in such an important holiday.
Here are 5 Things You Can Do With Your Child on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
1. Have your child be of service
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is also a National Day of Service for everyone to volunteer and be of service. This is the prefect opportunity for you to donate your time together to a cause or organization that needs your help, as well as bond with your child. For tips on how to encourage your child to give back and volunteer, click HERE.
2. Talk and discuss
One of the best things to do on this significant holiday is talk about Dr. King as a family and discuss the impact he’s had on the world. Promote a discussion on Dr. King’s achievements, and create a open dialogue for your children to answer any questions they may have. Don’t assume that your child is being taught everything they need to know regarding King and the Civil Rights Movement in school.
3. Help them share their dream
Dr. King is most known for his I Have a Dream speech. Have your child create their own speech where they can share their dreams and goals for the future.
Not all kids feel comfortable talking. My daughter loves to write and journal, so have your child journal and write about Dr. King. Perhaps they can write a letter to him thanking him for all that he has done for the world. Maybe they want to draw a picture of Martin—whatever the case, encourage them to write out their thoughts and feelings.
5. Go to the museum
Most history museums have a section dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement and the historical figures that shaped it. It’s a great place to learn more about Dr. King and see firsthand artifacts from his life.
In addition, most cities have many local events that celebrate the holiday and are for the entire family to enjoy. Check your local newspaper website calendar for MLK events in your area.
I hope that if you don’t do any of the 5 things on this list, that you do something to celebrate and remember the Dr. King holiday, especially if you have a child. In order for your child to move forward to the future, they must know their past.
How will you celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday?