7 Ways To Celebrate Martin Luther King Day (Free Printables!)

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CELEBRATING MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 

More than ever we need to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King! You don’t have to wait until the official US holiday in January to celebrate what Dr. King did, however, MLK Day is always a great chance to talk about him and the great work he did! 

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WHEN IS MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY? 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of January. This year, Martin Luther King Day is on January 18, 2021. 

Martin Luther King’s birthday is January 15th. In 1983, his birthday became an official federal holiday.  By the year 2000, all 50 states made Martin Luther King Jr. day a state government holiday.

Since this is a federal holiday in the United States, banks are closed. 

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY ACTIVITIES 

“I HAVE A DREAM ” BREAKFAST

Most people have the day off, so gather your family or friends for an “I have a dream” breakfast. Have everyone post a dream they have on the wall and enjoy a delicious breakfast together. 

Take the time to talk about Martin Luther and how he had courage to do something hard. 

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WATCH THE “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH 

Listen to one of Dr. King’s speeches on YouTube

READ BOOKS ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 

You don’t have to wait until MLK day to learn about Dr. King. Here are some popular books you can read all year long that will help kids learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. 

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. 

 

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 

 

I Have A Dream Book

Henry’s Freedom Box 

 

WATCH “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” 

While “To Kill a Mockingbird” doesn’t tell the history of Martin Luther King, it does give a good idea as to how much injustice there is to black people. This is a great book and film for older kids since there are some thematic elements. 

 

WRITE YOUR OWN DREAMS 

Use the free worksheets below to write your own dreams! 

martin-luther-king-i-have-a-dreamTALK ABOUT KINDNESS

It’s always a good idea to talk about kindness, love, and equality. Have a family discussion about who or how you can be more kind and accepting to. 

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MEMORIZE QUOTES 

Dr. King’s inspiring words are worth memorizing. Here are 7 simple Martin Luther King quotes you can memorize! Grab the free printable PDFs at the end of the post. 

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FREE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY PRINTABLES 

I’ve made it easy for you to celebrate Dr. King. Click the button below to download quotes, signs and “I have a dream” worksheets you can use in your celebrations! 

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY QUOTES AND PRINTABLES

 

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