MLK Day 2014 offers a tremendous learning opportunity for children of all races and ethnicities.
One of the best ways to celebrate MLK Day is to participate in the annual Day of Service.
From the website: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"....The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problem
How to Get Involved: Check out some "official" projects in Brooklyn here.
But if these aren't convenient (or if you are out of town), you can work with your children in other forms of community service to mark the day: help out in a soup kitchen, read to or with children in need of educational support, assist the elderly. Still not sure where to begin? Check with your local faith community.
The national Corporation for National Community Service has free resources for parents or teachers who want to plan an MLK Day project on such topics as varied as helping military families to learning to eat healthily to planting trees (the latter might not be applicable in Brooklyn in February!). Here are topics of these 20 free, detailed kits.
5. 2014: Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
6. Buy a 46 Cent Stamp, and Learn an Invaluable History Lesson
In honor of its 150th year anniversary, the Emancipation Proclamation is now the theme of a US postage stamp. The Emancipation Proclamation Stamp itself has a bit of history: it was unveiled at Washington DC;s National Archives, where the original Emancipation Proclamation is on display. At a ceremony announcing the stamp, the Proclamation was read by scholar-singer-activist Bernice Johnson Reagon (whom the Smithsonian Folkways refers to as a civil rights song leader.) And, if the kids are into stamp-collecting, check out these three different Civil Rights stamps:
- The Emancipation Proclamation stamp
- Rosa Parks
- 1963 March on Washington stamp.
- (In 2009, the post office released 12 other stamps featuring civil rights pioneers).
10. Keep Score of 20 Words: A Kids Game on MLK DayBrooklyn kids are used to discussions about race, Hurricane Sandy, MLK Day, and lots of political issues. So, keep them in their seats for speeches on MLK Day by asking them to keep score of how many times these 20 words are mentioned.
- Martin Luther King
- Martin Luther King Day
- Civil Rights Act
- Emancipation Proclamation
- income inequality
- gun control
- MLK Day of Service
- Republican Party
- Sasha and Malia
- New York
- the Internet, and
A Note on MLK Day 2013: Last year was a biggie. January 21, 2013 marked both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration for the second term of America's first black president.