Kid-friendly Resources to Celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Milwaukee

We celebrate the life and activism of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a champion of civil rights, a preacher, an activist, and a man who fought for the humanity of all people. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1929. He worked his life to achieve equality and justice for all Americans. His platform was built around peaceful protesting. During the “March on Washington,” MLK Jr. gave his most famous speech that has come to be known as “I Have a Dream.” In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial segregation in publicly-owned facilities. King’s advocacy wasn’t accepted by all. In fact, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., today when we think about equal and civil rights and honor his memory while we continue to fight for the equality he both lived and died for.

Educate Your Children ::

Kid President :: Watch this YouTube video with your children. Kid President is cute, funny and accurate!

National Geographic :: They offers an informative article including pictures and fun facts!

The Kids Activity Blog :: Teach your children about diversity with this egg demonstration. Our shells might be different colors but we are all the same on the inside.

Check out our Pinterest Board “School House Rock” for more crafts and activities to do with your children!

Write about it! Milwaukee schools have been participating in essay and poetry writing in honor of Dr. King for years! Give your children a prompt or question and see where their minds take them!

Check out a book about Martin Luther King Jr from your local library to read and discuss with your child. This one is a favorite of ours!

Attend a MKE Event ::

Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Birthday Celebration – The 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at 1:00 pm. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration programming highlights the youth in our community who every year interpret Dr. King’s words through an art, speech and writing contest. In addition, various cultural arts organizations take center stage in Uihlein Hall, truly demonstrating the excellence of our arts community. Some of the groups celebrating with us this year include United Indians of Milwaukee, Latino Arts Strings, Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team, O.N.F.Y.A.H, MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble and more! The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland Reception in Bradley Pavilion. Location: 929 N Water Street, Milwaukee,  // (414) 273-7206

King Day at the MLK Community Center —Join us on January 21st, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. Enjoy presentations of music, spoken word, dance, and more. Location: 1531 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee // (414) 344-5600

MLK Day at Milwaukee Public Library – Milwaukee Public Library hosts a full day of activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Branch. For the past 10 years the branch has opened on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to offer a celebration filled with poetry, music, dance, crafts, games and community services. Programming for the celebration is funded by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation. This all day celebration will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with events throughout the day including music, stories, and crafts! There are sessions for children, teens, and adults so bring the entire family!

Neighbors of the Dream – Join us at “Neighbors of the Dream,” a city-wide event to stand against racial divides, hosted by the Milwaukee Declaration ( Monday, January 21, 2019 from 6:30-8 pm at Eastbrook Church (5353 N. Green Bay Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209).

MLK Day: Family Morning of Service – Join the Bay View Community Center for a morning of service! At this family (and toddler) friendly event, families will work together to sort supplies and assemble care packages for those in need. We will read a story about the meaning behind Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and discuss what it means to us. After our group activity, families will have the option to stay and play in our Children’s Room. Lunch will be provided. Advanced registration is required via e-mail: [email protected] Please list the names of all participants including the names and ages of the children attending. All ages are welcome. Families will be assigned a supply item to bring in at the time of registration (Items are low cost and many can be purchased at the Dollar Store, etc. Examples include: Pre-packaged toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, travel packages of Q-tips, travel packages of tissues).

The Blood is at the Doorstep Film and Discussion – Join us at the Waukesha Civic Theatre for the film screening of the documentary The Blood is at the Doorstep, followed by a discussion with Maria and Nate Hamilton, Jennifer Huck, Ph.D. of Carroll University, and moderated by Reggie Jackson of Nurturing Diversity Partners. FREE tickets are available at the box office or here. This event is open to teens and adults. Programming is made possible by funds provided by the Friends of the Waukesha Public Library, and in partnership with the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Service – We are excited to welcome Rev. Olu Brown as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Service. This celebration includes participation from several of our Wisconsin Conference United Methodist congregations and clergy. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung will introduce Rev. Olu Brown and bless our time of gathering.

MLK Day Program 2019 – The 2019 Annual MLK Program – Moving from Bias to Justice: Can We Answer King’s Call? Keynote Speaker: Reggie Jackson (National Educator and Consultant, Nurturing Diversity Partners & Head Griot (Historian), American Black Holocaust Museum ) Bias is a natural tendency of our brains, but it doesn’t have to prevent us from healing our country’s racial divides. To honor Dr. King’s Legacy, Reggie Jackson explains the biological and social roots of unconscious bias, its cost to our society, and how we can fulfill America’s promise of liberty and justice for all. FREE and Open to the Public.

Youth FREE Day : Milwaukee Museum Week – The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has teamed up with Milwaukee Museum Week to kick-off the week with a Youth Free Day at Milwaukee’s museums. The following 15 museums will be free for youth on Monday, Jan. 21 (*notes a museum that is free to all that day)
Betty Brinn Museum
Brew City MKE Beer Museum*
Charles Allis Art Museum*
Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear*
Discovery World
Grohmann Museum at MSOE*
Harley-Davidson Museum
Jewish Museum Milwaukee*
Milwaukee County Historical Society*
Milwaukee Public Museum
Mitchell Park Domes
North Point Lighthouse
The Pabst Mansion*
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum*
Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum*


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