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5 ways to celebrate MLK Day

 
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.  It falls on the third Monday in January every year to commemorate the life of MLK, close to his b-day on Jan. 15th.  MLK Day is a U.S. federal holiday, so chances are you don't have school.  Suh-weet!  However, it doesn't take long to realize that Dr. King's legacy extends far beyond securing you a day off.  So, how do you celebrate? Check out our five fantastic ideas on how to make this Monday one that would put a smile on MLK's face.  

 

 

Discover the dream

Uncover the "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety.  Listen to or read it, and if you're curious to learn more about MLK, search for some of his other speeches too.  Primary source documents (like original speeches by MLK) = awesome & informative.

 

Visit Wash D.C.

No need to pack your suitcase to visit D.C. on Monday, just turn on your television and watch the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.  In the same city where MLK led a march to get Civil Rights legislation passed, the U.S. will again inaugurate its first black president. Bonus? Beyonce is performing!

 

Get musical

Become a DJ and create a playlist of music inspired by MLK.  Start off with Common's "I Have a Dream" featuring Will.I.Am.  Let this playlist be the soundtrack to your day.

 

Show the love

The Corporation for National and Community Service has deemed this MLK Day to be a day of service.  Take a few hours to help out with an organization in your community.  Spread a little local love around and you'll be feelin' pretty good.

 

Don't forget the b-day partay!

Remember, this is also a b-day partay!  End the day with a delish, homemade cake, perhaps decorated with your fave MLK quotation piped out in icing (or, you know, written on little paper flags that ya stuck into cupcakes. Your choice).  Yum!

 

BY KARIN ELWOOD ON 1/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

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