In today’s society, it is imperative that children learn about the significance of the civil rights movement and those that fought for equality. On January 15th, the country will honor the memory, work, and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here are five family activities that you can do with your children to help them better understand the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in relation to themes of equality and peace for all.
1. Read the book, I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World). This biography is perfect for younger children in elementary school who are just now being introduced to Dr. King and his message. The text explores the life of Dr. King and his fight for equality and justice on a level that younger people can understand.
2. Color a picture. Learning through art is definitely a great way to approach the subject of Dr. King. Who doesn’t love to color! There are free printable templates online that you can download and break out the coloring box for loads of fun and conversation. Many templates do have certain story narratives and information about the slain activist that you can include as a part of your art time.
3. Craft. In addition to coloring, making a craft project can also be a fun way to tell the story of Dr. King. Create a project expresses his message of love and peace. There are many themes to choose from and the possibilities are endless.
4. Attend an event in your area. Many cities, if not all, host a MLK Day parade or event. Attend the event in your area. This is a great way to get involved in supporting your community while at the same time honoring Dr. King.
5. Watch the “I Have a Dream” speech on YouTube. Many children may have read the famed speech by Dr. King but have yet to see it and hear it in person. Thanks to YouTube, children are just one click away from being sent back in time 55 years ago to hear one of the most powerful speeches that resonates today straight from the mouth of Dr. King himself.
However you decide to honor the day, make it a memorable experience for your children. The legacy and mission of Dr. King still rings true today and it is up to subsequent generations, present and future, to take up the work of Dr. King and make our world a better place for all.