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How to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Many of us have Martin Luther King Day off from work, but do we know why? The day is set aside to honor the life of one of the most important figures in the civil rights movement.


  • TIP: Dr. King's most famous speech is his "I Have a Dream" speech, but he gave many, many more. Read one you are not familiar with.
  • Step 1: Share the meaning of the day with others. Let those around you know that this is not just an arbitrary day off, it is a day to reflect on the life of one of America's most significant advocates for change.
  • FACT: The first national Martin Luther King Day was celebrated on January 20, 1986.
  • Step 2: Read about Dr. King's incredible life and perform some of his speeches aloud with your family. Take time to learn about him and his life -- this is, after all, a day to celebrate all he did for our country.
  • Step 3: Visit a new church or place of worship, especially if you have children who are unfamiliar with different forms of worship. Celebrate those differences in how people worship and pray in your community.
  • Step 4: Volunteer on MLK Day. This is a day of service, not just a day off. As Dr. King once said, "You don't have to be great to serve ... you only need a heart full of grace."
  • TIP: Organize your own charity event, like a fundraiser walk.
  • Step 5: Have a multicultural dinner at home or go out for a cuisine you aren't used to. Dr. King preached diversity and appreciation of differences -- food is a good way to start!

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