MLK Day is right around the corner. You can take this holiday as an opportunity to spread love and celebrate unity and diversity. How exactly are you going to do that, you ask? We’ve got list of great crafts and activities for you and your family to try. Add these things to your to-do list and let the fun begin!
What is MLK Day?
MLK Day is a holiday that celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This federal holiday is observed on the Civil Rights activist’s birthday each year, January 15th. MLK Day is regarded as a day to promote equal rights and opportunities for all Americans, regardless of race or background. Considering Dr. King’s life mission, this day is a great time to observe how far the nation has come as well as teach/learn about how we can move forward in regards to unity and equality.
Read a Civil Rights Picture Book
Kids love looking at pictures. In fact, they are an essential component to the learning process – especially when the subject matter is a heavy topic. Help your children learn about diversity with these Civil Rights picture books.
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- I Have a Dream (Book and CD)
- Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.
- Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
- We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
Sing Martin Luther King Songs
If music is a big part of your family’s life, you’ll definitely enjoy this fun activity. Celebrate MLK Day with a singing session, using these creative MLK songs.
Watch a Civil Rights Movie
Movies are always a great way to learn. They give you a visual representation of the subject, and allow you to see firsthand what message the creator is aiming to portray. There are Civil Rights movies for people of all ages. Therefore, you can choose the one that best appeals to you and enjoy entertainment while you learn.
Eyes on the Prize [14-part series] (1987-1990)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
The Long Walk Home (1990)
At the River I Stand (1993)
Simple Justice (1993)
*Our Friend Martin (1999) – ANIMATION
Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)
Freedom Riders (2010)
The Help (2011)
Freedom Summer (2014)
Love and Solidarity (2015)
Arts and Crafts
Crafts are often used as teaching tools, and can be useful both at school and in the home. Try out these fun arts and crafts activities we found on the web.
Happy MLK Day from the professionals here at Chris Myers CDJR in Daphne, AL. We hope that you enjoy celebrating this holiday with family on January 15th, 2018!