What I want my kids to know is what Dr. King stood for and not view the holiday as just another three day weekend. Dr. King fought and died for his belief in equality for all mankind. Regardless of your political affiliation, it goes without saying that he laid the groundwork for how far we have come since his passing. I'm grateful as a bi-racial woman, I share the same basic rights as my Caucasian mother and that I can tell my multi-racial children that they can be anything in the world they want to be as long as they work hard for it.
I'll be playing for them the powerful "I Have a Dream" speech (Sirius subscribers can listen in on channel 48 on Monday). It is the 50th anniversary of the famed speech.
I have also scoured my resources for Los Angeles area events where Dr. Kings life and memory will be honored. Here are just a couple I plan to take the kiddos to on Monday...
At the California African American Museum from 11:00-5:00, The Dream @ 50 Awards acknowledge young artists work celebrating the life of Dr. King, followed by Cake for King at 4:00. (Free)
Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena will honor Dr. King in a celebration of service, community and friendship from 9:30-5:00. Kids can plant trees in the garden, make a friendship mural, and make cards and bracelets for troops and veterans. Rhythm Child performs at 1:00. ($10)
How will your family celebrate the memory of Dr. King?