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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

19 Jan

Martin Luther King, Jr. stands for so many things to so many people- kindness, compassion, equality, love, peace, change, and community just to name a few.

I’m glad that people can celebrate his legacy not only through having a day off but using that time to volunteer. MLK, Jr. Day has also become a Day of Service to many communities. Sometimes, that day becomes the whole weekend.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

This past Saturday, I volunteered at Schoolhouse Supplies sorting books for teachers and their students. It was great to see such a diversity in age and race coming together for a good cause. The sense of community and the promotion of literacy made me glad I can play a part in creating a better, more united world he dreamed about.

I also read a couple of books to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told By His Niece)Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs by Angela Farris Watkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Angela Farris Watkins shares her uncle’s guiding principles with accompanying moments showcasing each one. A good leader is made even greater by being a living example of his beliefs. This beautiful (both in message and style) picture book does just that. Great for early elementary and younger to learn about a man who wanted to change the world through love and peaceful protests.

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Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Who Was/Is…? series continues to impress me with their accessible and informative biographies.

After recently reading multiple books about Martin Luther King, Jr., I never realized how much he fought against hate and injustice through love and nonviolence. That’s quite a feat and very admirable.

With the current chaos that’s happening, I also see how valuable it is to look into the past of how change can be done successfully. His actions and his words are inspiring but we are still very far from making his dream a reality.

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And, I’m excited that at work today, we’ll have a great story time and community building exercise for families to participate in. I remember talking to the person running it a couple years ago. Her passion “to encourage children to
bravely carve their own path… guided by self-compassion, empathy for others, and an understanding of our collective humanity” was evident then and I’m excited that she gets to do this.

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