Here are a few things to tell your kids about Martin Luther King, Jr. If your kids have questions about the holiday, this is a great opportunity to teach them about love, acceptance, and peace and equality for all.
“Mom, who is Martin Luther King, Jr?”
No matter your age, sex, race, or nationality, it is important that we reflect on our historical happenings worldwide. So, how do you explain, to a child, that a man who practiced positivity and non-violence, was assassinated for doing so?
King is more than a holiday. Although the segregation era happened a long time ago, it’s a must that we educate our children, teach them about Martin Luther King, Jr, why we celebrate the holiday, and how we should move forward. I think that there are obvious lessons here with regards to American history, but there are also a few more significant messages. If you do not know who this man is, and why we celebrate his life, you must.
3 things to tell your kids about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Life isn’t fair
I am sure that all adults have learned this some way or another, but it’s true: life isn’t fair, and King’s story is quite the example. A positive, peaceful man, growing up during the times of segregation (separate schools, churches, and even drinking fountains) and racial intolerance, he knew that judging a persons character by their exterior was wrong. He believed that all people we’re created equal, and that African Americas should be treated as such. King preached about love and equality, and was eventually killed for doing so. They did not like the fact that he was standing up in a quest to make a change. Should a good man have to suffer, have less than others, or even die, for doing nothing wrong?
If you we’re a kid living in the 50’s and 60’s, you would likely have never lived near, went to school with, or played with other kids that are not of the same race. America did whatever they could to keep the races separate, and viewed African Americans as inferior. King’s famous speech, “I have a dream”, is known by millions as a hope and a plea that all people would be equal. Due to his persistence, and his courage to stand up and motivate the world, his dream came true.
If we simply love, all people, all colors, all genders, all lifestyles, we’ll be tolerant to them. I do believe that love, an conquer hate and non-acceptance of what is different than you. This was King’s primary agenda. Unfortunately, there is still quite the battle in America today, and it’s going to be pretty tough to convince some hateful people that they don’t need to be that way. The best you can do is LOVE, share love, fill your heart with the positive, and hopefully, the rest will fall into place.