9 Ways to Teach Your Kids About the MLK Holiday

Here's a list of ways you and your family can honor Dr. King and celebrate MLK holiday.

1. Show them the Dr. King's message or holiday is for all people, not just people of color.

Heard of the Poor People's Campaign? Dr. King fought to help all kinds of people break the chains of poverty.

2. Find and join a MLK march or parade in your area.

If you live in a suburb that doesn't have a MLK march or parade, you can help start one for next year.  You can also participate in the march or parade in the nearest metropolitan area.

3. Participate in Day of Service activities.

Use VolunteerMatch to find an opportunity to serve on MLK day or anytime during the year.

4. Watch a documentary or movie about the civil rights movement with your kids.

You can watch movies like Selma or the Great Debaters or documentaries like Eyes on the Prize or African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

5. Take a civil rights tour.

You can find a civil rights tour group or visit the National Parks Service list of Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement.

6. Visit a civil rights museum.

You can visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee; the Birmingham (Alabama) Civil Rights Institute; or the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

7. Take a campus tour of a historically black college or university (HBCU) or Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

HBCUs in Texas include Prairie View A&M University, Texas Southern University, Huston-Tillotson University, Texas College, Wiley College, Jarvis Christian College, and Paul Quinn College.  Other HBCUs include Morehouse College and Spelman College in Georgia, Tuskegee University in Alabama, Xavier University in Louisiana, and Howard University in Washington, DC.  HSIs in Texas include Texas A&M University - San Antonio, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

8. Encourage your child's school or parent teacher organization to participate in Day of Service or diversity program.

Some school districts operate on MLK day.  Others don't.  In either case, your kid's school can still honor Dr. King by focusing on service and social justice.

9. Create or find a homeschool curriculum unit in Dr. Martin Luther King or diversity.

The Homeschool Mom offers a MLK unit on her website.

Have any other ideas! Let us know in the comments.

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