MLK Jr. Day Kid-Friendly Resources

mlk jr day in milwaukeeToday, we celebrate the life and activism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A champion of civil rights, a preacher, an activist and a man who fought for the humanity of all people. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1929. He worked his life to achieve equality and justice for all Americans no matter their color. His platform was built around peaceful protesting. During the “March on Washington,” MLK Jr. gave his most famous speech that has come to be known as “I Have a Dream.” In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial segregation in publicly-owned facilities. King’s advocacy wasn’t accepted by all. In fact, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., today when we think about equal and civil rights and honor his memory while we continue to fight for the equality he both lived and died for.

Educate Your Children ::

Kid President :: Watch this YouTube video with your children. Kid President is cute, funny and accurate!

National Geographic :: They offers an informative article including pictures and fun facts!

The Kids Activity Blog :: Teach your children about diversity with this egg demonstration. Our shells might be different colors but we are all the same on the inside.

Check out our Pinterest Board “School House Rock” for more crafts and activities to do with your children!

Write about it! Milwaukee schools have been participating in essay and poetry writing in honor of Dr. King for years! Give your children a prompt or question and see where their minds take them! 

Attend a MKE Event ::

Annual King Day Celebration in partnership with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Milwaukee County Parks. This year’s celebration will feature music, dance, spoken word, and guest speaker Tyra McFarland who is the Community Relations Coordinator for the Milwaukee Bucks. Location: 1531 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee // (414) 344-5600

MLK Day at Milwaukee Public Library – This all day celebration will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with events throughout the day including music, stories, and crafts! There are sessions for children, teens, and adults so bring the entire family! 

Bucks Matinee Home Game – The Bucks will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday when the team hosts the Philadelphia 76ers in a special MLK Day matinee, presented by We Energies. The rare weekday afternoon game (2:30 p.m. tip at the BMO Harris Bradley Center) is part of the NBA’s longstanding tradition of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The NBA will feature five MLK Day matinees across the league on Monday, while all teams will honor Dr. King and Black History Month at home games in the coming weeks. Monday’s Bucks game will feature several tributes to the iconic civil rights leader throughout the game, including video messages from Bucks players sharing what Dr. King and his work has meant to them.

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