Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activity {Repost from 1/2012}

Today we celebrate the life of a great man, a visionary, a gift from God!

To remember Dr. King, my children and I (and my mom, too!) talked about the principles for which Dr. King stood. We listened to one of his most famous speeches, "I Have a Dream," which is below.

While we listened to the speech, I wrote down different words or phrases to help spark discussion after the speech was over.

We talked about many of the words and phrases I wrote down, about the cruelty and injustices African Americans suffered. My mom shared a piece of her experience with us, as she was raised in the deep south, in the state of Arkansas, during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. She spoke about going to visit the doctor as a little girl. She said she and her mother had to enter through the "colored door" and spoke of the differences between the "colored waiting room" and the "white only waiting room." It made me sad; I could hear the emotion in her voice. . .

I told my children that this day reminds us that we are all human, prone to many failures and that we all make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes are horrific. The beauty is that God forgives, even the worst offenses, God forgives. I reminded my children that all people are created in the image of God Himself (Genesis 1:27) and that we are to uphold the command of Jesus to "love your neighbor as yourself." (Mark 12:31) This is the message that Dr. King wanted us all to understand.

We made these at the end of our discussion.
The heart says, "peace, hope, and love" over and over.
The idea for this craft (and many others for MLK day)
can be found HERE!


  1. Stacy, What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing. I have taught these same biblical principles to my children as well. They know that we are all of the same race created by God...the human race, and that we are to love all people, because they are created in His image. It brings tears to my eyes reading about what your mother had to go through. ~blessings to you. Jennifer

  2. Thank you, Jennifer....blessings to you always!

  3. I was moved by your mother's story. I am grateful for Dr. King and all the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

    I like the "I Have a Dream" Craft(: Thank you for sharing the additional MLK sites!!

    Take care lady!!!

  4. I'm glad you like the craft, Gertha. I am SOOOO grateful for the civil rights movement, truly grateful!

  5. I have an audio clip of Dr. King speaking… "I know a man, and I just want to talk about Him"… The man is the King of Kings of course and when I hear the speech, it inspires!

    1. Oh, that sounds inspiring, JES. I don't think I've heard that one; I'll have to look for it. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to No Idle Bread.


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