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5 Meaningful Activities to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides a wonderful opportunity to talk about peace, cooperation, acceptance, and caring for others.

1. Read Books Together.

Books serve as a magnificent way to introduce these important values to your child and can be used as a guide to engage in meaningful conversations about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, life, and legacy.

At New Horizon Academy, we selected a few books that we feel celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s important legacy.

My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Kadir Nelson

2. Watch a Video Together.

Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by watching a video from PBS Learning Media.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Video

Then reflect on the positive impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made through his positive actions.

3. Volunteer Together.

Volunteering together is a wonderful way to demonstrate the importance of helping others and can help set the stage for a lifetime of supporting others. Visit Doing Good Together to discover a wide variety of projects your family can do together to share kindness and help your local community.

4. Share Your Dreams with Our “I Have a Dream” Activity.

After reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” book, ask your child to share his dreams. Discuss ways that your family can follow the example of Dr. King and make the world a better place. Use ideas from our website, here, to create a mobile to display in a prominent area in your home.

5. Participate in Community Events.

Often your local community will host family events that celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Look for opportunities to celebrate either in person or virtually.

Together you and your little one will not only learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but will be inspired to help others.

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