Each year we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the third Monday of January (this year it falls on the 21st).
It’s a time to pause and reflect on his life and his vision for America, on how far we’ve come as a nation, and how far we still have to go to achieve King’s dream of equality for all.
According to the King Center, it’s ”an occasion for joy and celebration for his life and his work toward nonviolent social change in America and the world. Traditionally, we celebrate holidays with parties, family picnics, fireworks, a trip back home or to the seashore. However, we must also be mindful that this is a special holiday – one which symbolizes our nation’s commitment to peace through justice; to universal brother- and sisterhood; and to the noblest ideal of all: a democratic society based on the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all people…The holiday is an occasion for thanksgiving, unselfishness, and rededicating ourselves to the causes for which he stood and for which he died.”
Share King’s life and philosophy with kids by teaching them through play. Here are six great ideas for kid-friendly MLK Day activities.
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