Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Nina Kendall

Times have changed and so has the way we remember the past and honor our leaders. We have all attended parades and ceremonies in honor of famous people. Today we celebrate differently by taking action in the legacy if the historical figure.  One example is to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service. Now Americans are encouraged to make it “a day on not a day off.”                                        
You can take part in this National Day of Service to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Find an activity in your community to help continue work building “the beloved community” of King’s vision. You can look for ways to participate at This site will help you find a project to participate in or recruit volunteers for a project you have planned. You can even share your experience when you are done.
One of my most rewarding days of service was spent chaperoning students attending the Anti-Defamation League’s Annual MLK Day Empowering Young Leaders: No Place for Hate Summit at the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum. Students from around the region got together to discuss issues in their communities and how to address them. Adults share ideas about how to plan events and mentor students. All attendees got to hear from a Holocaust Survivor and tour the museum. It was a day of learning and openness that both my students and I enjoyed.

If you choose to participate in a day of service, I hope your experience is as positive as mine.

6 Ways to Celebrate MLK Day
  • For Young Children: Read Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo or Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport.

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