This day presents an amazing opportunity for parents and teachers to start a discussion about King and learn lessons based on his life’s work. This teaching guide presents ways to teach your kids about Dr. King’s struggles against racial injustice with interactive activities and helpful resources.
Who Is Martin Luther King Jr. And Why Is It So Important That We Remember & Celebrate Him?
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929, in Atlanta Georgia. Using his voice, powerful words, and communication, King managed to change America forever. He achieved incredible things in his life and was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against racial inequality in 1964.
Besides just learning history, King’s work will inspire kids and help them become true leaders, communicators, and changemakers.
Martin Luther King Jr Day Learning Activities & Resources
On to the fun stuff! Here is a list of 5 activities and resources that can help your kids remember and honor King.
1. Reflect On King’s Iconic, “I Have A Dream” Speech
The “I Have A Dream” quote is probably the most well-known association that people attribute to King. “I Have A Dream” is his most famous and influential speech, which he gave during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom on August 28, 1963. Here are some exercises to help your children reflect on this iconic speech:
Listen to King’s speech and have a discussion:
Encourage your children to do what they envision. What would they like to change or achieve?
Encourage them to think about their own dreams. If possible, help them plan how to achieve them.
Encourage your kids to think about how they use their voices to make positive changes in their environment.
2. Read A Book!
There are many wonderful picture books about Dr. King and his life. These books are great because they provide an interesting overview of the facts and events associated with King.
Celebrate & Remember Martin Luther King Jr. All Year Long
It’s important that we continually teach our little ones about King, his characteristics, and his accomplishments all year long so that his legacy can be passed on to future generations. King’s life work teaches that everyone has a voice and they can use it to inspire others, connect with others, and drive others to make a difference. King used his words, his voice, his excellent communication skills to change the world. By learning about him, we can all be inspired to do the same.