In honour of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we had our third annual breakfast viewing of his “I Have a Dream Speech”.
The younger kids might not understand all of the speech yet, but I think it is important to show it to them at this age. They will pick up the feelings and the intentions behind the words. And they will know that you think it is an important speech – this will make them remember it and pay even closer attention the next time they see it. By taking the time to show this to your kids, you have reinforced that you value equality and social justice and peace. And that is an important lesson in and of itself, even if the kids didn’t understand every word of the speech just yet! They are definitely not too young to start learning about the civil rights and social justice movements.
Here is a link to a video of the speech:
We also watched “Rise Up” by Royce Mann, a beautiful spoken word performance during the MLK Day 2017 Service at Ebenezer Church. I could watch this over and over again! Show this to your world-changing kids to inspire them to take action to move civil rights and social justice forward.
Here is a link to “Rise Up”:
You can also WATCH LIVE: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service from Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.