Simple Activities to Celebrate
Martin Luther King Day
1. Learn about Martin Luther King's life. The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King has a short video biography you can watch, and some cool stories about him.
2. Listen to Dr. King's speeches. Here is a link to an excerpt from his I Have a Dream speech. (The text of the full speech is there too.)
3. Make posters / pictures of your dreams for America. Discuss how you can make them come true.
4. Read Martin Luther King's Pledge. Talk about how he and his followers agreed to govern their lives with love. Point out that they were able to change the world because they were willing to change themselves first.
5. Create your own Family Pledge. Discuss rules and principles your family would like to live. Talk about how those rules can help your family and those around you. Write up your Family Pledge and review it regularly.
6. Read (or listen to) all or part of Dr. King's earliest recorded sermon in which he said, "
7. Find out about other people who worked for equal rights, including Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and John Newton.
8. Learn more about leadership and how great leaders inspire action.
9. Explore other activities your family might enjoy at Apples4theTeacher.
10. Choose a way your family can make a difference in your neighborhood or community. Talk about people who could be struggling, how they might feel, and how you can help. You could help an immigrant family, befriend an elderly neighbor, help a child who is struggling in school, or assist at a local shelter.
If we each make a difference in our own unique way, we can make the world a better place!
An inspiring article, The Wrath of a Great Leader, tells how Dr. King had to wrestle with his anger and what we can learn from his example. You might want to read the article with your family, or tell a few stories from the article and discuss the principles and some of the questions at the end.
The article shares a very valuable perspective on how we can transform anger into a powerful and positive source of motivation It's a very useful skill for us all to learn! And it's a good opportunity to teach our children that if we seek Him, God can transform our weaknesses into strengths!