Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

originally posted on What the Flicka? by Erin K. Moffat

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a special day that is often overlooked. Now that I think about it, I’ve never heard anyone wish Happy MLK Day. Maybe we should start doing that.

Martin Luther King stood for everything that was good, kind, and right with the world. He believed in equality and compassion. Wanting to learn more about how to honor MLK Jr., I took to Google to help me out. From Chicago to Connecticut to California there are a lot of amazing ways to spend the day in honor of a man whose words and actions still mean so much to us today.  

Here are 5 ideas to get your started…

1. Spread the Love:

  • Get involved!
  • Be of Service.
  • Volunteer.
  • Spread word of good in your community.
  • Get other people involved.

 “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

2. Make an imprint/Craft it or Quote it:

  • Make a collage or design a scrapbook page.
  • A lot of website had interlacing handprints or cut outs in different colors. (Or A Hand Wreath)
  • Some crafts combined art and quotes (I loved that!)
  • My favorite on one of the websites was a Peace Dove made with fingerprints.
  • And a mural diagram on another.

(Here are a few websites with great craft ideas)

Art Projects for Kids
The Crafty Crow
TeachPreschool.org

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

3. Do a Random Act of Kindness:

  • Buy coffee for a person behind you in line.
  • Make cookies for a friend.
  • Bring chicken noodle soup to a sick neighbor.
  • Donate food or clothing.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

4. Educate someone or yourself about Martin Luther King Jr.:

  • Learn or read the “I have a dream” speech or teach it to someone.
  • Open the dialogue about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in your home.
  • Post his speech or quotes on social media to remind people about the significance of the day.
  • Learn about another culture.
  • Celebrate diversity .

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

5. Dare to have a dream:

  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  •  “The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Go out into the world, making a difference, being the change, and living your dream. Proclaiming: “I have a dream today!”

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