Easy Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day


MLK day omaha mom 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! 

Local Activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr Day at the Durham Museum
January 16, 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.

MLK Day of Service, Beth El Synagogue
January 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteer your time by making blankets, preparing lasagna, helping at the food bank and more. Register in advance for planning purposes. 

Aspire to Inspire 2023: A Celebration of MLK Jr’s Life and Works
January 13, Omaha/ Douglas Civic Center, Legislative Chambers, 1819 Farnam St. Omaha
Celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical tributes and inspirational speeches. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. A livestream will be available at https://humanrights.cityofomaha.org/.

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

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