Dream of Making a Difference

Author: Debbie Houston

ML KingMartin Luther King Day is not the only day to acknowledge and appreciate the important work in the civil rights movement, but it is a day that matters. It is a day (his birthday that is now celebrated on the third Monday in January) that our country has deemed his life and his work so significant that we honor him. Here are ten ways to make sure you continue the dream…

  1. Read a book about discrimination or the civil rights movement and discuss it with your child. Consider one or more of these Martin Luther King books.
  2. Take the weekend and go to the National Civil Rights Museum.
  3. Go online and access the many links to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
  4. Talk about how YOU and YOUR family live his dream each day.
  5. Discuss people who still experience discrimination and do something to help.
  6. Go online to play games and do activities to educate your children about the life and achievements of Dr. King.
  7. Work for a cause just as Dr. King did: Walk in your neighborhood to collect things or money for a cause or charity your children want to support.Take an inventory of your books: How many books do you have on black history? Do you have multicultural books, books on how to treat others, spiritual books, and books to teach Dr. King’s message? Go the library or bookstore and add a book to your home library.
  8. Determine to live each day, not just Martin Luther King Day, respecting all people.
  9. Determine how you, your child, your family can change the world.

As a matter of fact YOU can make a difference. Let freedom ring.