What is MLK Day?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a US holiday that honors the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday in January each year, near his birthday (January 15th). This day is a chance to remember and celebrate Dr. King's dream of racial equality and justice for all people.
Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American minister, social activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until he was assassinated in 1968. Through peaceful protests and speeches, he fought for racial justice and civil rights for African Americans throughout America during this time period by using non-violent methods such as boycotts, sit-ins, marches, and more. He believed that everyone should be treated fairly regardless of race or skin color, which inspired many people to join his cause to help fight for equal rights for all citizens of the United States of America.
What can kids do on MLK Day?
On MLK Day, there are many ways that kids can honor Dr. King’s legacy and show support for his cause through both fun activities and learning opportunities at home or online! Here are a few ideas:
• Learn more about Dr. King – Read books about him or watch documentaries or movies about his life story; then discuss what you learned with your family members or friends!
• Give back – Volunteer with a local organization to help those in need in your community; write letters to elected officials expressing your opinions on current issues; donate items such as food or clothing to charity; plant trees at a nearby park; or create art projects that promote peace and unity!
• Participate in a march – Join virtual marches happening around the country if you can’t go outside due to COVID-19 restrictions! Or plan one with your family members or friends (if it’s safe to do so) by making signs with inspiring messages related to social justice causes close to your heart!
Conclusion: On this day each year we take time out of our lives to pause and reflect on the incredible impact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had not only on our nation but also on individuals across the world as he worked relentlessly towards creating an equal society free from discrimination based solely upon race or color of skin. As children, we have an opportunity to continue his work by learning more about him, engaging in meaningful conversations about social justice issues, volunteering our time within our communities and participating in marches celebrating freedom & equality wherever possible - particularly now during the pandemic where we can participate virtually no matter where we are located! MLK Day is an important reminder that together we will continue working towards creating a better future for all people regardless of who they are or what they look like!