Turn your Martin Luther King day from a holiday into a day of remembrance by gathering your family around the dinner table with these meal-time conversation starters based on quotes from speeches Martin Luther King, Jr offered throughout his life. Many experts preach the power of family dinner as a time to teach your children family values. Gathering the family around the table, dining on good food, and slowing down the daily schedule offers a warm, quiet respite for deep conversation. Somehow, the warmth of a homecooked meal softens the soul and opens family members up to speaking about topics that might otherwise go unmentioned.
Teaching your children about the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr’s mission of civil rights, his tireless voice for equality, freedom, and peace is one lesson that fits nicely around dinner conversation. We’ve pulled together a few of Dr. King’s best quotes below, as well as questions that can be discussed as a family tonight. In our family, we like to print a question off for each family member, then hide it under their dinner table or kitchen chair. That turns the activity into a bit of a game, inviting the children to become involved in the experience, and enticing the whole family to have fun–even as deep discussions are enjoyed over dinner.
What is the best way for us to help bring peace into our world?
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” from Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community.
Why is love important? Does everyone need love?
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” from Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
What makes a person important? What makes a person strong?
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” from Strength to Love
What can you do when you think someone doesn’t like you?
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” —from Paul’s Letter to American Christians
What is courage? How can you have courage? How have you shown courage?
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles;
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency ask the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”
Why do we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr today? What is important about his dream?
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’ (From the “I Have a Dream” speech, Aug. 28, 1963)
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