This year in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2014 there are several ways to get involved in the Saratoga area.
MLK Day of Service
- This year’s National Day of Service is taking place at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.
Get Involved! Those interested in volunteering are invited to visit the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 9:30 a.m. to register for service projects from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Projects include cleaning, stocking, painting, repairing, sewing, and other crafts. Children are encouraged to participate and volunteers will enjoy a free lunch in the library’s H. Dutcher Community Room at 12:30 p.m.
Local Saratoga Events to celebrate Martin Luther King Day 2014
- Lots of events at miSci all day long and the last day to see their awesome Trains and Toys exhibit
- Create Martin Luther King Handprints at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga
- MLK Day Program: Wangari’s Trees of Peace at Saratoga Library
Dr. King’s life and accomplishments teach us valuable lessons about equality and compassion; characteristics we strive to instill in our own children.
This year, turn the holiday into a teachable moment and discuss with your kids why we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Here are some MLK talking points and discussion suggestions:
- Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929, a time when blacks and whites were separated and attended separate schools, ate at different restaurants and never used the same water fountain. Talk to your kids about what that would be like today and how it would make those black students feel.
- King fought for change as a result of another infamous African-American Rosa Parks. When Parks refused to sit in the rear “colored” section of the bus, King advocated a boycott of public buses that lasted more than a year. As a result, the US Supreme Court banned segregation on public buses in 1956. Talk to your kids about Rosa Parks and how brave she was for standing up for her rights in a non-violent demonstration of inequality.
- Dr. King gave more than 2500 speeches in his lifetime! He led protest marches, boycotts, published five books, and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Talk about the Nobel Peace Prize and why its important.
- King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 is by far his most remembered. “I have a dream that my four little 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,” . What does that line mean? Ask your kids to explain what they think.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis in 1968. Why do we celebrate his life still today?