Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday


“I have a dream today…that one day… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.”
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. “ 

-Martin Luther King, Jr.  August 28, 1963

Today we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., a brave man who led millions of people in the fight for racial equality during the American Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his entire life fighting for the equality of all races and was honored with the Noble Peace Prize in 1964 for his fight for equal rights.

One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s greatest achievements was his ability to help American’s appreciate diversity. As a way to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday, think about having a birthday celebration that he would be proud of.  One idea we found online was to have a  MLK birthday lunch with the children in your care in which you feature food from a diverse number of cultures.  Some ideas for your lunch could include pizza, mini tacos, croissants, egg rolls or fried rice, etc.  Be sure to take time while you are enjoying these foods to explain to the children the meaning behind your diverse lunch. 

No birthday celebration is complete without decorations! Celebrate MLK’s birthday by making symbolic crafts with the children.  Create crafts that promote equality such as making classic paper chains using black, white, red, yellow, and brown construction paper to represent the various skin tones found across our nation. Be sure to explain to the children the symbolism behind the craft.

This craft idea and more resources on Martin Luther King Jr. can be found online. Please see our suggested websites below. 

  Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Activities for Celebrating with your kids  

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – good website for activity and craft ideas 

 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – good website for learning about MLK’s life and legacy, plus games, clip art, coloring pages and more 

We also suggest visiting your local library to borrow a few good readings for the day. Below are a couple great goods commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. : 



Lastly, check your local newspaper for listings of activities in the area that celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.  It could be a great time to take the children on an educational field trip, and encourage parents to do the same!


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