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Discussing Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Amy


martin_luther_king_jr-photoThis morning I had breakfast with my six and seven-year-old boys who were very excited about staying home from school. So I reminded them why they were staying home. I reminded them that it was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I knew they had learned a little bit about Dr. King in school, and so I began asking questions to spark a discussion, which, while brief, went well. They were excited to share what they had learned, and when we got stuck and had questions about a particular quote or fact, we just went online together and researched it. Here are the questions I asked, plus a couple more:


What have you learned in school about Martin Luther King, Jr.?


Why do we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a holiday every year?


In his speech Dr. King says, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a world where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” What do you think he meant by that?


Do you have a dream of changing something? What is it? Maybe write your own short speech about what you would like to change (it can be silly or serious).


Dr. King has also been quoted as saying, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others.” What might you do for someone else today? (this is a great question to ask every day!)



Please share about your conversations or what you are doing in recognition of today’s holiday!


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