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Martin Luther King Day: Ideas for Celebrating the Inauguration & MLK Day with Kids, From Parties to Games

By January 10, 2013

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Once in a blue moon, parents and teachers are handed an educational opportunity on a platter, and this Martin Luther King Day is one of them. It's the second term inauguration of President Obama, and whether you are to his right or left politically, one thing that's for certain is that his re-inauguration is historic. This year also happens to be the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in the US, and of some other major civil rights events.

So, here are a dozen or so inventive ways to mark the day.

Why not have a "Michelle Obama First Lady Dress Up Party" for the little girls in your life, and talk about women role models and healthy eating and, well, great clothes and biceps?

Or, have the kids watch the actual Inaugural Address, the Prez's speech, and have them count how many times certain words pop up ? (I've suggested a list but you can come up with your own.)

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