Celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Albuquerque with Kids

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Let’s make Martin Luther King Jr. Day more than a day off school. Let’s go beyond his inspiring one-liners and discover more about his life and legacy and how we can still be a part of the activism he began.

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Albuquerque

Below are some ideas for honoring Dr. King’s memory with your family.

Participate in the MLK Jr. Act of Service Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived his life serving others. One way we honor his memory is by serving our community. We may have to get a little creative in the ways we give back during Covid times, but we’re moms . . . ingenuity is our middle name. Here is a great list of ways kids can serve from home.

Support a Local Black-Owned Business

Black Americans make up more than 13% of the U.S. population, but only own 7% of the businesses due to many factors. Most experts agree the cause is a combination of racism, discrimination, predatory lending, and a lack of economic and business resources in African American communities. So let’s support black-owned businesses when we can! Here’s a list of black-owned businesses in the Albuquerque area.

Educate Yourself First

Martin Luther King Jr. was an eloquent speaker, to be sure! You’ll find quotes from him all over your social media pages today, I’m sure. But if the only quotes we hear from him only make us feel good but don’t challenge us, we probably don’t understand who he really was. Today would be a good day to read (or listen to) some of Dr. King’s words in context. Find other anti-racism resources here. 

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” written

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” audio

“The Other America”

“The Three Evils of Society”

“Where Do We Go From Here?”

Teach Your Children About Martin Luther King Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement

There are so many resources available. But I think the most important thing for kids to realize is that while the Civil Rights Movement did accomplish much, the work of it is not finished. There is still much to do to ensure equality and justice for all in our country.

Here’s a booklist with children’s books about Dr. King.

Here are some wonderful ideas about inviting racial justice into our homes.

Check out this National Geographic Kids article & video: Hero for All: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Attend an Event

Friday, Jan 14 | “The American Promise” Film

As part of 2022 MLK “Dream Weekend,” the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is hosting a free showing of this film at the African American Performing Arts Center. Get more details here.


Saturday, Jan 15 | The MLK Commemorative March

The march begins on MLK Jr. Ave & University Blvd on UNM at 10 am. Learn more.


Sunday, Jan 16 | The Power of the Dream

Learn more about this worship service in Rio Rancho by heading to this website.


Monday, January 17 | MLK Breakfast

The MLK Breakfast is at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel at 8 am. Click here for tickets and details.


The Whole Month of January | 2022 I Have a Dream 1M 5K 10K 13.1 26.2- Benefitting Equal Justice Initiative

“I Have a Dream” virtual races can be completed anytime in January 2022, even better if it’s January 17th! Sign up here.

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