For as long as I can remember, Martin Luther King Day has been celebrated as a day on, not a day off. As a young child, my parents would take the opportunity to teach me historical information that I may not have learned in school. In high school, classmates and I honored the day by having open and meaningful discussions about race relations in America. Since I became a mom, I’ve done a bit of both, and included travelling to the 2012 Presidential Inauguration and delivering for Meals on Wheels with my family.
This year I am encouraging my teens to lead our family’s celebration of the life of this American icon. Our activities for the day can be varied and there must be a component of honor that includes eating, education, and empathy. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see what they develop.
Here are a few interesting articles and resources I found on the internet about celebrating his life and legacy.
5 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jrs Birthday
4 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2016
6 Ways to Meaningfully Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day
8 MLK Jr. Values to Instill in Your Kids
If you’re a reader, here are some books that may interest you (affilliate links included):
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
How will you be spending MLK Day this year?