Easy Ways to Recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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What are you doing for Martin Luther King Jr Day? Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to your kids about why this day is significant beyond just being a 3 day weekend. 

If you don’t know how to start having these conversations with your kids or don’t feel equipped, you’re not alone! Just because something is uncomfortable doesn’t mean it’s bad. The sooner you start having these conversations with your kids the more normal it will be to talk about hard things. You don’t have to have all the answers or all the right words. Start a conversation and be ready to listen to your kids thoughts and questions. They will probably surprise you! 

There are tons of resources, books, and shows about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the role he played in the Civil Rights Movement. This is a great time to educate your kids (and yourself) about this topic. 

Ways to Celebrate MLK Day

Watch this video, The Story of Martin Luther King Jr by Kid President. 

Watch the I Have a Dream speech. Then ask your kids what they think about it. 

Listen to a reading of the book Martin’s Big Words. Some other good books are: 

I Am Martin Luther King Jr. Ordinary People Change the World

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You

If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement

Ask your kids what questions they after reading. You might be surprised by their thoughts! 

Activities in Omaha for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr Day at the Durham Museum
January 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to The Durham Museum. Learn about MLK’s legacy and message of peace, tolerance, community service, and an inclusive, hopeful future for all.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
January 15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Venue At Highlander Accelerator, North 30th Street, Omaha

6th Annual Living the Dream Competition
January 15, 5:30 p.m.
The purpose of this program is to encourage young people to reflect on the principles, values, and goals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders in the historic and ongoing struggle for racial justice and human rights. It also inspires original writing and other artistic and cultural expression about the ways Dr. King’s vision of a better, more just, and inclusive society endures and is relevant to their lives and our society today.

What will you do to observe Martin Luther King Jr Day? 

Andrea Cooley
Omaha Mom is written by moms, for moms. We provide genuine parenting resources, events and community through connecting and empowering local Omaha Moms.


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