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.
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 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 business 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.
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.
APS created their own list of ways to teach kids about MLK Jr. Day.
Attend a Virtual Event
Each year, The King Center in Atlanta leads the nationwide observance of the national holiday commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme and call to action, for the 2021 Observance is “The Urgency of Creating the Beloved Community!”
Albuquerque-Grant Chapel 25th annual MLK, JR Virtual Commemorative Celebration, Monday 1/18/21, 8am-noon
For 30 days, community members and allies will commit to practicing nonviolence as a lifestyle by applying the teachings of Dr. King to realistic scenarios. Also included are volunteer opportunities, webinars, town halls, and a pledge of non-violence. Learn more here.