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Talking to Your Kids About Martin Luther King Jr

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Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr day by honoring the great MLK.

While the kids are off from school today, take a few minutes to explain the significance of what the day means and the man behind it. Then repeat.

How to talk to your kids about Martin Luther King Jr Day
How to talk to your kids about Martin Luther King Jr Day

Today has major significance, so does black history month – but while we celebrate MLK day and black history month, please discuss the role and importance of these holidays year round!

Talking to Your Kids About Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are some conversation starters to talk about with your kids about Martin Luther King Jr.

Who is Martin Luther King Jr?

Martin Luther King Jr was a good man who fought hard to gain rights for black people in America, when they were being treated badly.

He believed that all people should be treated equally, regardless of skin color. Like we believe.

What does “equal” mean?

It means the same. No one gets treated better than other person because of what they look like, the color of their skin, their gender, how much money they make, their sexual preference, regardless of religion or social status.

we are all equal quote

Why did he want everyone to be the same?

Say you walked into a store and you wanted to buy a toy. Your friend walked into the store and wanted to buy a toy also.

talking to your kids about mlk day
He had a dream.

But the person behind the counter said you couldn’t buy the toy, but your friend could, because you’re (fill in the blank — a girl, Jewish, something they identify with but do not have a choice about). Is that fair?

Are we all the same?

We all look different, and we all have different beliefs, but we all should be treated the same. We’re all people.

Facts About Marin Luther King Jr:

Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor and civil rights leader. He was just 39 years old when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. martin luther king jr quote

Here are some more suggestions about talking to your kids about Martin Luther King Jr Day:

  • Remember your audience! The age and maturity of your child will most likely dictate the conversation about Martin Luther King Jr day.
  • Don’t just talk about black history, MLK or racial injustice on MLK day or during Black History month. This should be an on going conversation that is open and honest (and age appropriate.)
  • Let your kids ask questions. If you don’t know the answer, it’s okay. Just tell them you will get back to them and then do that.
  • Explain how you and your family can be a change maker in regards to acceptance of all people.

Here are some other resources to use when talking to your children:

Carry on MLK’s Dream

Martin Luther King Jr had a dream. Help him make his dream a reality by raising healthy, open minded, culturally aware and kind kids that are accepting of all people

Our kids are the future. Let’s make this country and world a place where love prevails.

Talking to Kids About Martin Luther King Day was originally published on January 16, 2012.

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