5 ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is an American hero who deserves to be celebrated for his life and legacy. His vision and commitment to racial equality in the United States has liberated many and fundamentally change American society. Here are a few ways you can honor his legacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
1. Attend a Local Parade
Most cities across the United States host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, which are fun, informative and most importantly free. What a great way to celebrate Dr. King’s life while engaging with your local community. In addition you can volunteer at the event by contacting the host organization.
Of course with the pandemic in full effect please be sure to socially distance, wear a mask and wash/sanitize hands regularly!
2. Listen to a Dr. King Speech
One of Dr. King’s most popular speeches is his “I Have a Dream” speech from the March on Washington. Although we have all heard clips of this speech take some time to listen to it in its entirety. Otherwise if you’ve already heard that speech check out on of his other speeches!
- “I Have a Dream” – Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963
- “The Other America” – Stanford University, April 14, 1967
- “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” – Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968
3. Read a Book or Article about his Legacy
There are many books and articles written about Dr. King and his legacy. In addition these books span all age ranges and areas of his life. Learn more about his philosophy and contribution to American culture.
- The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. By Clayborne Carson
- Stride Towards Freedom: The Montgomery Story By Martin Luther King Jr.
- Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream and You By Carole Boston Weatherford
4. Watch a Movie/Documentary about His Life
There have been a number of movies and documentaries made about Dr. King. and the Civil Rights Movement. Take some time to enjoy one of these movies while educating yourself about American history related to the Civil Rights Movement.
- Selma (2014) – Hulu, Amazon, Youtube
- I Am MLK Jr. (2018) – Amazon, Youtube
- King in the Wilderness (2018) – Hulu, HBO MAX, Amazon
5. Donate to a Non-Profit Organization working on Racial Equality.
Finally, show your support for Racial Equality by donating to local or national non-profit organizations working to expand Dr. King’s legacy. Although he was a prominent leader of the civil rights movement there is STILL so much work to be done.