This Monday, we mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For many of us, it's a day off work and a day off for our kids. But it's so much more; King's message of nonviolence, racial harmony and equality is something still needed in our world today.
Here are some ways you can talk with your children about Dr. King's legacy and mark the day in a meaningful way as a family:
If your kids have learned about King in school, talk to them about what you think he would be fighting for now. What causes would he be championing? How do you feel about those causes? How would your lives as a family be different if he never stood up for civil rights?
Be of service to others. One overlooked aspect of King's work is that he fought against poverty. How can you help people less fortunate than you as a family? Some ideas that are kid-friendly include: gathering toiletries for a homeless shelter, donating diapers to a domestic violence shelter, or packing food boxes at a food bank.
Have a family dinner and include foods from other cultures. King's parents required that the children be home for supper, because those family dinner times were an important way to connect and discuss the issues of the day; try doing the same with your own family and see what interesting things your kids have to say.
This post from Family Education suggests a lot of thought-provoking ways
to celebrate, including some interesting family discussion starters. The US Consulate's website has a lot of good information about King as well.
Do you intend to mark Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in some way? How?
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