Monday marks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and, for many, a day off work and school to honor his life and legacy. How will your family celebrate over the long weekend? Here are my family’s top 3 recommendations:
- Learn together. Listen to Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, and read books together to inspire family conversations about service and activism.My kids had the best time several years ago creating their own parade to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They dressed up, selected music and each created a list of words that describe Dr. King’s character that they want to emulate in their own lives.
- Attend OKC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. My kids and I are so excited to get back to this in-person celebration! This year’s event theme is “MLK HIStory: Our Legacy. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at NW 6th and Walker, ending at W Reno and Walker. Oklahoma City’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition hosts an entire weekend of events and celebrations leading up to the parade on Monday, including a job fair, silent march and bell ringing ceremony. Get all the details here. BONUS: stop by the Myriad Gardens before the parade, from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m., to enjoy family-friendly activities, crafts and read-alouds that honor Dr. King. Plus, enjoy the Voices exhibit in the lobby, featuring six local Black artists and how they use art to communicate and reflect.
- Volunteer as a family. Focusing on serving others can be as simple as picking up trash around your neighborhood, donating food to a local food pantry or writing a letter to a local leader about a cause that is important to you. My daughter and I recently enjoyed an afternoon volunteering for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with friends, and our family loves to make meals for the youth experiencing homelessness serviced by Sisu Youth Services. Find a full list of local volunteer opportunities here.