Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to honor and continue the legacy of Dr. King, one of the great leaders of the Twentieth Century. The son and grandson of preachers, Dr. King used words and non-violent protest to lead the African American civil rights movement that changed our nation. The brutal prejudice and segregation that he and his children knew had lasted for centuries but changed over the course of a decade due to his vision and the courage of adults and children.
The resources Freedom's Feast provides will help you to discover how Dr. King and ordinary citizens changed the course of history. Explore how you too can be a change-maker through service. The work that Dr. King began is not completed. There are still many injustices to overcome. Whatever you choose to add to your MLK Day observance, we hope you'll take some time this holiday to remember the inspiring lessons of Dr. King.
CEREMONIES TO CHOOSE
Our Full Ceremony for older participants and students includes multiple hyperlinks to extend learning and highlight the role that young people and children played in the civil rights movement.
The Children March! Ceremony works well for families and younger users. It also tells about the special courage of children during the movement.
Your ceremony choice can be used in many ways. Read it as a formal holiday observance. Use a segment to spark discussion. Ask participants to read it in advance then discuss it at your celebration or follow up with a book reading from the suggested book list in our Explore More section. Read it with your group and stop at key points to explore the hyperlinks together. Enjoy adapting a ceremony to your setting and let us know what works for you!
CELEBRATE YOUR WAY
Use Table Talk to share stories older family members and friends may remember about the civil rights era or times when we may have fought injustice.
Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve shows the many ways children can participate in meaningful service and honor the legacy of Dr. King.
A great way to learn about the civil rights movement is through the study and appreciation of the music composed and produced during the the movement. Click here to be re-directed to a wonderful collection of music from the civil rights movement.
CREATE A KEEPSAKE
Express your special service passion. Honor your service hero, capture an inspiring saying, commemorate your favorite service organization, and much more.
Use our Service Reflection Pledge Page designed with the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) to describe your service project before designing your own keepsake.
Make a Service Medallion, design your own bracelet, and wear your service commitment with pride.
President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III recalls his childhood Birmingham protest experience and lessons learned. Dr. Hrabowski was also named among TIME Magazine's 2012 Most Influential People in the World.
Service Websites that highlight exemplary children’s service projects, family oriented service opportunities as well as MLK Day service activities.
Suggested Reading List for children ages 4 to 12 from consultants at the Enoch Pratt Free Library:
Narrated video storybook and a downloadable Mp3 reading of the children's book, Martin’s Big Words, written by author Doreen Rappaport:
A twentieth century Civil Rights timeline that highlights the role of children in the movement
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