It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day we honor a man that gave his life for the betterment of people of color. Standing at the Lincoln Memorial and delivering his famous I Have a Dream speech, King set the tone for what future generations would be afforded thanks to him and many others’ blood, sweat, and tears.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'”
Although most of us are so far removed from the days of “colored” and “white only” facilities and inequality living standards, each year MLK Day is a reminder of how far we’ve come and what still needs to be done to fully attain his dream. While most kids see it as a free day off, it really serves as a day of service. Today, let’s do for others who can’t do or afford to do for themselves. With 24-hours to celebrate the reverend’s holida,y here’s a list of activities you can do to honor his memory.
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If you live in an area where there’s a lot of homeless people around you; make care packages and hand deliver them around to those you see laying down on the street. You can fill a baggy with packaged snacks, travel-size toiletries and a blanket.
Go to your local homeless shelter or church and volunteer your help. Although it’s last minute, they won’t turn away a helping hand.
Find out your local food bank, Salvation Army, and/or Goodwill and donate your packaged food, toiletries and clothing. These places are always taking donations and you never know the families you are helping immensely when you do this.
Call your family and friends over for a movie marathon that educates everyone on the civil rights era. You can throw in new movies, cartoons, documentaries and black and whites. Afterwards, have a discussion on what was seen and talk about how relevant it is to what’s going on today.
I Have a Dream Speech
Gather your family and listen to his famous speech. Educate others on what he’s done and what you can do to take his words and incorporate them into your everyday life.
If you are near ATL, head over to his national historic site. You can visit his church, home and him and his wife’s tombs at the Reflecting Pool. The site is full of various areas for visiting and learning.
It may be MLK’s holiday, but he’s not the only person who made major strides during the civil rights era. This would be a good time to learn about other people that aren’t spoken for as much. Challenge yourself and your family and friends to learn about more black people who helped change the way things were for the better.
Take a trip to Washington, DC and visit his memorial. At his memorial is a stone of hope that features 30-foot statue of Dr. King. It’s surrounded by a walls and a boulder all full of quotes from MLK.