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Family Computing Guide to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

A Day On, Not a Day Off


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., center, is being interviewed by Soul Train show host and producer Don Cornelius, right.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pastor, a civil rights activist, and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. In 1986, the third Monday in January became known in the United States as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. Because of Dr. King’s dedication to human rights and a better society, the holiday has become known as “A day on, not a day off” and people are encouraged to perform acts of service. This is a wonderful time to encourage your children to give back to the community.

In 2008, Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on January 21.

Civil Rights Movement

Understanding the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in American history requires an understanding of the Civil Rights movement. Here are a few sites to get you started.

A Day On, Not a Day Off

If your family takes part in charitable activities on a regular basis, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a great time to talk about why you volunteer, what you get out of it, and other ways you might make an impact. If you haven’t yet introduced your children to acts of service, encourage them to get involved with a fun one day project with a local group. Choose something that will be fun and engaging, while also being meaningful. Kids often enjoy activities that have a positive impact on other kids (toy and clothes drives), or that have visible results (painting, homebuilding, environmental cleanup).

For help in finding just the right service project:

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