Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr Day!

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Rather than just wishing you all well while my children and I enjoy our day off ~ and enjoy they are, after a late night watching football last night, they JUST woke up, which is a small miracle in our house~ I asked their very expert opinions on why we have today off.

I hope they don't disgrace me. My plan is to use direct quotes.

The Boy: 'Cause it's Martin Luther King Day. He helped colored people get better rights and it wasn't just all African American either. It was people from other countries. ~I was a little taken aback by his use of 'colored people', but I said direct quotes.

The Girl: It's Martin Luther King Day. He helped people to get to do the same thing like blacks and whites.

Here are a few free resources I found to use with my class:

4 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

It's good to know that kids are now aware of what an impact he has had!

By Word of Mouth Musings said...

My youngest is African American and we adopted her when she was three weeks old - I really struggle with teaching her US history, she is nine ... but being able to tell her about a man like Martin Luther King - makes my heart happier.

Diane said...

Dracen came home from school Friday and told me all about Dr. King because they'd watched a two hour documentary about him.

It makes me smile to know that while, yes, there is still racism in the world, my kids are seeing far less of it than I did growing up.

Mrs4444 said...

It was so heartwarming to ask our 6th graders what they knew about MLK and learn that EVERYONE knew who he was and what he stood for.

Believe it or not, we didn't have Monday off. It's a northern thing, I'm guessing...Not that we're against it or anything. Now that I mention it, I wonder why we don't have MLK's birthday off.