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Ways to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped organize the Civil Rights Movement to challenge racism and fought for justice. This Monday, Jan. 16, is a day to celebrate and honor him and his life's work. It's also a great opportunity to talk to kids about the Civil Rights Movement and the ongoing fight for racial equality.

Check out the links below for local events, as well as resources for fostering family conversations about the legacy and importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Attend the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 2-5pm.

Hands On San Diego has opportunities for the whole family to get involved in a Day of Action on Monday, Jan. 16, in remembrance of MLK, Jr.

Join in the 34th Annual MLK, Jr. Day Celebration hosted by the Worldbeat Center and Stand Up for Justice at Balboa Park on Monday, Jan. 16 from 12-6pm.

Common Sense Media list of books and movies PBS Website - Watch short videos with kids and adults of all ages and check out the corollary lesson plans that offer additional ideas and ways to dig deeper.

Britt Hawthorne's list of recommended books. She has also created a great list of activities to celebrate the day with children, including:

  • Use masking tape to make an oval shape on the floor. Then practice marching on the line chanting “voting rights now”

  • Attend a local march

  • Make protest signs together

  • Listen to music or sing a song

    • “Somebody's Talk about Freedom” by Ella Jenkins

  • Make birthday cards or thank you cards for Dr. King

  • Bake a cake for Dr. King

  • Play “Happy Birthday” by Stevie Wonder

  • Display a photo of Dr. King in your home

  • Practice voting at home

  • Attend a local MLK parade

  • Volunteer with a local organization

  • Support Black-owned businesses

No matter what you do today, this day is a way to connect with the movement, then and now.

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