Celebrating the Life of a King

Today is the day set aside to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  His birthday is actually January 15th, but the national holiday in honor of his birthday is always the 3rd Monday in January.  There are people all over the world and more specifically, in our country, who choose not to recognize Dr. King's birthday or more importantly his work towards equality for all men and women, but that does not eradicate the fact that Dr. King and many others contributed greatly to the Civil Rights Movement.

So today, is not just a day off from work (for those who are off today), but a day set aside to remember the efforts of one man who had a vision.

Here is a video clip showing images from Dr. King's life and the unity of men and women of various backgrounds to bring about a change in society.  In the background you will hear Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday" song.  To view the lyrics, click here.

In addition, below is the animated movie "Our Friend Martin".  It's about 1 hour long.  It's a great movie to watch with your children, but the teacher in me always suggests previewing first and discuss, discuss, discuss because the true value will only be obtained through the discussion.  Otherwise (for children), it's just like watching another cartoon.  :-)



  1. Happy MLK Day to you! It is a great day for reflecting and giving thanks!

  2. @Caroline: Thanks! It sure is. :-)


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