Martin Luther King Jr. Day Primer

Conversation Starters:

After teaching your children about Martin Luther King Jr., ask them these open-ended questions to facilitate a deeper understanding.

  • What was so unique notable about the way Dr. King encouraged people to take a stand?
  • What do you think the world would be like if Martin Luther King Jr. had not stood up for civil rights or helped to organize others?

Or ask them to write a letter to his children. Dr. King and his wife had four children who were young when he was assassinated in 1968.

Yolanda King- born in 1955 (now deceased)
Martin Luther King III- born in 1957
Dexter King- born in 1961
Bernice King- born in 1963

Encourage your children to explain why the world is a better place because of Dr. King, or why they're glad that Dr. King had the courage to stand up for such an important cause. They can even express their condolences or share their own experiences.

Choose a Cause and Give Back:

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, spoke, marched, and stood up for what he believed in. Remind kids that Dr. King worked hard and was willing to give of himself to benefit a cause. Choose a cause that interests your kids and give back together.

Some of our favorites:

If your kids are serious animal lovers and want to protect their furry friends, consider contacting your local ASPCA to lend a hand at a shelter.


If your kids cherish their bedtime story, try volunteering for the Pajama Program, which helps give pj's and books to kids in need.


Look for local volunteer opportunities or check out the national charities that earned a seal from the Better Business Bureau


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