I know the day is actually starting to draw to a close so this is rather late but with good intentions. Most kids are out of school today and several businesses are closed. That gives families time together to do something special. (Personally, my day was spent in doc offices and welcoming my oldest son home from his senior trip.) There are several blogs that I have found that have some great ideas for ways families can volunteer together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr day together:
- Mommy Talk Show
- Teach Mama
- You can also go to the MLK Day website, enter your zipcode and find volunteer opportunities near you.
Be sure your children know who Martin Luther King Jr was. Watch the video below of his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech.
I believe that it is important for children today to learn about this great leader. He was a leader with integrity and knew who to unite people. Unfortunately, lately we’ve had others try to rise up but instead of promoting unity, they are causing a great divide, undoing so much this man worked for and it even costed him his life. I never knew him, as this speech was given five years before I was even born. There was an awesome 84-year-old evangelist that came to our church around Christmas last year that actually introduced Dr King once before one of his speeches.
I’ve always had friends of many different races. I’ve never thought it was a big deal. I’m not racist. None of my friends are. I’m not saying it does not exist, I’m only stating that I don’t know of any personally. Several months ago, I read a great book, The Swan House. It was set during the time Dr King Jr was holding marches. The story’s main character is a teenage girl who befriends a young black boy. She sees first-hand who the segregation works and has to make some hard decisions. I guess no one even knows what they would do until actually in the situation, but I did some soul searching of my own during reading this book. How would I feel and react? What if I grew up during that time and segregation was all I knew. It’s hard to actually imagine when I’ve always been able to go anywhere with my black friends and never face persecution but I can’t imagine that I could sit by and be silent if say, my friend was not allowed to attend college with me based only on the color of skin. If you can pass the entrance test, what difference does it even matter?
Here are some quotes that would be great to incorporate in your children’s writing assignments this week (great copywork!)
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
The time is always right to do what is right.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.
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There are so many great quotes by this fearless leader. Have fun teaching your children this week.