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Spotlight Thursday: Martin Luther King Jr Day Events Around the US

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For many of us, this weekend will be three days long instead of two.  This Monday marks a federal holiday in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and many of us will be taking advantage of the long weekend to travel, barely considering the true meaning behind our day off.  The truth is, this weekend is the perfect weekend to teach our children about civil rights and the errors of our country’s past.   There are plenty of events taking place around the country, memorializing Dr. King and celebrating the impact he had on America.  Once again, Lydie has put together a great list featuring events from Alabama to Oakland.  Here is a sampling of what she found:

  • At the Bay Area Discovery Museum, kids can create a self portrait and add it to the Freedom Bus.  There will also be story times with books read about Dr King’s life and values.
  • The African American Museum of Iowa will offer free admission, refreshments, and crafts.  Children can watch Dr. King movies, complete a “History Detectives” scavenger hunt through the galleries, or prepare for a “100 Acts of Kindness” Challenge.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta will be offering many different family friendly events during the week of January 15- 23 with everything from puppet shows to guided tours of his birth home.  The complete schedule of events is listed on the National Park Service website.
  • Hungry? Boloco, a certified green chain of restaurants in New England serving burritos, bowls, salads, and smoothies will be playing Martin Luther King’s iconic “I have a dream” speech on its television screens all day.

Read the entire list of Martin Luther King Day events and find something in your neck of the woods.

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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

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3 Responses to Spotlight Thursday: Martin Luther King Jr Day Events Around the US

  1. Bridget Smith January 13, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Hi Sharlene,

    Thanks for this post. In honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday I hope to do some posts about using family travel to teach kids about the roots of racism. Keep an eye on my blog in the coming weeks.

    Today’s post is about another subject dear to our hearts. California’s state parks! As you may know the Sealife Aquarium is hosting an Underwater Parks day celebration. You may have something going on up in the OC as well. Worth checking out if you’re out and about this weekend.

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