Happy MLK Day!





I love these words from MLK:

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 
‘What are you doing for others?’ 
-Martin Luther King, Jr.


I am a quote person, have been for as long as I can remember… But this one was new to me.  I love that MLK even goes to the extent of using the word urgent here.  I am thinking I would have adored this guy had I known him – especially for his passion for service.  

Speaking of which, apparently today was even designated, MLK Day of Service!  Who knew?  
I plan to go through this above linked site with the kiddos later and thought you may want to check it out too.  Here is an excerpt from this site:
“January 20, 2014 will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems.” Now that’s a mission I want to get behind.  Suddenly MLK Day just got a whole lot more interesting…


Our service synapses firing and creativity sparked, the girls and I enjoyed checking out various MLK Day facts and fun today.


We spent some time going through the links on this helpful website, including a link to MLK’s full 
“I Have A Dream” Speech.
We watched the whole clip and I think they appreciated the gravity of it’s impact as much as they could for their young ages.
We also watched a free BrainPop video here:
MLK BrainPop video and took the quiz afterward.


At bedtime tonight, we may pull out our copy of Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was…?)
My kids love the “Who Was” book series.  Highly recommend these books!

This one looks good to download on Kindle for a quick read too National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. (Readers Bios)


I hope you find a few ideas that may be useful to you & the kiddos in your life, no matter when you may be reading this.  It’s never too late to spend time cultivating appreciation for our nation’s greatest servant-hearted heroes.
Do you have any activities or even traditions you like to do to mark holidays like this one?

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  1. Ro wrote:

    Enjoyed reading this post. Yesterday we took a trip down to the Martin Luther King Memorial to take it all in and for the kids to learn more about such an amazing man who blazed the trail for us all to unite regardless of the typical things that separate us. Always great to learn about those who have fought unselfishly for peace and freedom and Dr. King did exactly that. He gave his life to service and to seeing that all have equality on every level.

    Posted 1.21.14 Reply
  2. LOVE this quote. I have heard it before but completely forgot about it! I am old enough to remember when Martin Luther King Jr Day came into being as a federal holiday. I’m still thrilled to the bones every year that we celebrate such an amazing person.

    Posted 2.10.14 Reply
  3. That is a great quote and so important!

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply