MLK Jr. Day in Milwaukee :: 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. 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! 

Check out a book about Martin Luther King Jr from your local library to read and discuss with your child. This one is a favorite of ours! 

Attend a MKE Event ::

Annual King Day Celebration — “Our Children, Our Future” is the theme of this year’s public celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Monday, Jan. 15, beginning at noon. The Center is located at 1531 W. Vliet St. To honor King, the program will include music, dance, and spoken word, and will feature guest speaker Nicole Brookshire, Director of the newly created Milwaukee County Office on African-American Affairs (OAAA)Location: 1531 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee // (414) 344-5600

Activities in The Parks for Youths Off of School for MLK Jr. Day – Milwaukee County Parks is keeping its doors open for youths who are off of school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In addition to offering a public program honoring Dr. King, the Parks Recreation Section is suggesting a variety of low-cost indoor and outdoor activities.

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 Away Game – The Bucks will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday when the team travels to Washington DC to play the Washington Wizards in a special MLK Day matinee. The rare weekday afternoon game (1:00 p.m. tip at the Capital One Arena) is part of the NBA’s longstanding tradition of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

A Wakeup Call to Live the Dream – Be a part of the revival of the city of Milwaukee, as the MKE Declaration hosts ‘The Wake-Up Call: To Live the Dream” at Eastbrook Church, 5353 N. Green Bay Ave., Milwaukee, on what would be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 89th birthday, January 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. On January 15, 2018, everyone is cordially invited to join the MKE Declaration at Eastbrook Church in a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream, and a lesson in how we can all realize it. It’s called ‘The Wake-Up Call: To Live the Dream.’

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