Sunday: Entertaining—Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

January 18th, 2009 in Monday: Weekly Family Activity


“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  

After teaching your children about Martin Luther King, teach them how they can appreciate diversity, stand up to injustice and act responsibly in each of their lives.

Teach them to follow the examples of these wonderful men and women that fought for our civil rights in their own way.


Fantastic Activities to do as a family to celebrate:


The following is a list of age-appropriate books on Martin Luther King:

Ages 4-8
Martin’s Big Wordsby Doreen Rappaport
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestraby Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

Ages 9-12
“Let it Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters”by Andrea Pinkney
Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling
Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson

Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalersby Patricia and Fredrick L. McKissack
Black Diamond: The Story of Negro Baseball Leaguesby Patricia and Fredrick L. McKissack
The Land by Mildred D. Taylor

Young Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I Have a Dream”by Joanne Mattern
Young Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Heroine by Anne Benjamin
Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly by Walter Dean Myers
Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematicianby Laura Baskes Litwin

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”

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