Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to teach your child about the civil rights movement, the life of Dr. King and the challenges society still faces to fulfill King's dream.
Here are some books, events and other resources to help guide your discussions with your child:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration: Through art, speech and writing, Milwaukee kids interpret Dr. King's words on Sunday, Jan. 17. The event also includes the Skai Academy Stage Band, The Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team and more. Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. 1 p.m. (414) 273-7121, marcuscenter.org
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrate Freedom: Entertainment and activities for the whole family will take place throughout the day on Monday, Jan. 18, including crafts, drumming, dancing, speeches, poetry, live music, a blood drive, health screenings and more. Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St., Milwaukee. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. (414) 268-3000, mpl.org
Penfield MLK Celebration: Enjoy a special performance by Keba Diabate, a master drummer from Senegal and members of his band, Jali Kunda, on Monday, Jan. 18. During the performance, children can participate with shakers, bells and drums. Penfield Children's Center, 833 N. 26th St., Milwaukee. 10 a.m. Free. penfieldchildren.org
- Books that celebrate freedom, recommended by the Milwaukee Public Library: Books about freedom
- Picture books about Martin Luther King, Jr. from Scholastic: MLK picture books
- Books about the Civil Rights Movement from PBS: Civil Rights books
- How to talk to your child about race by Rochelle Fritsch, Metroparent writer
- Talking to children about racism, a booklet by civilrights.org
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