January 19, 2009

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Today we celebrate the life of a great civil rights leader and a wonderful human being. I encourage you to talk with your kids about who he was and how he made a difference for the people of America. If they've talked about him in school, reinforce what they know and talk about other civil rights leaders as well. Here is a great website with a lot of information about the man and the holiday that we honor him with. As a former teacher, I have a lot of books about his life that I've read to many students as well as my own daughter.

Also, most people are familiar with the famous "I Have A Dream" speech and while it is an important moment in American history, I really like this speech, too. It was his last one, the day before he was assassinated.


The Monfort 3 said...

I love, love, love that you blogged about MLK day. My daughter is 7 and loves Martin Luther King Jr. No seriously, she is fascinated with him & I can not even tell you how many times we have watched "the speech" on the internet. When she realized she had no school today she told me she was sad because she wasn't going to get to talk to her friends about MLK. She even made him a birthday card. She has a book report due in 2 weeks & the topic is a person in history. Without question she chose her favorite Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am inspired by her interest in such important issues in history.

Jen said...

Thanks for the links! My six year old chose Martin Luther King Jr. to research for a project. I posted a great book suggestion last week relating to this topic. I was glad that she chose him, because I think that it is important for her to learn about past struggles and those who fought for peace, fairness, and justice.

Jen from
Creative and Curious Kids!

Anonymous said...

Eerie isn't it. It's terribly sad that he wasn't able to see Obama inaugurated but his efforts helped our country make that leap. Great post.

kreations said...

Hey, I think you did a great job on this post about a great Leader.

I gave you an award today on my blog.