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A kid with a dream January 17, 2008

If you think about it,Martin Luther King Jr. was once a kid with a dream, who grew into an adult with a vision to make that dream come true.

You could have a young activist, president, or leader in your home, a kid with a dream.

Help your child make their dreams come true, however big or small they may be, by teaching them historical figures who not only made their own dream come true, but facilitated the making of dreams for children and adults across the country.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

If you live in the southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area and are looking for a way to honor Dr.King with the kids, here are a couple places to help introduce your kids to his courage, strength,honor and his dream.

This weekend:

January 19th and 20th join the Franklin Institute in a number of activities celebrating Martin Luther King Jr and black identity. Support the Institute for the Preservation of African-American Music with an inspiring gospel performance featuring Dr. Verolga Nix and the Intermezzo Choir Ministry and learn about the important contributions that black scientists have made. The weekend is highlighted by a preview of Dr. Molefi Asanteís upcoming photo-essay book, Black Identity in Philadelphia.

On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there are various events happening around the area. Following the events this weekend, The Franklin Institute is holding a Scavenger Hunt that focuses on African American Scientists (you can receive 1/2 price admission if you bring in canned goods for donations).

The Crayola Factory is honoring Dr. King by having families write an about him or contribute to a mural honoring diversity.

You can also join the National Constitution Center in performances by the musical duo Two of a Kind in storytelling session with notable Philadelphians, performing readings from Dr. King’s I have a Dream speech.

You don’t have to leave your home to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Kaboose has some great Freedom crafts you can create with your children to celebrate the man who fought for freedom and equal rights for everyone.

Create Freedom Friends and Martin Luther King Jr. Rainbow Pins (click for instructions and check out Kaboose for more ideas).

Not into crafts, read together.

There are great books out there geared toward children to teach them about Martin Luther King Jr.

I Have a Dream, geared towards age 5-8. Teach your child the words of that historical speech that inspired and changed our nation, with beautiful illustrations by award winning artists. $6.99 at Barnes and Noble.

Martin Luther King Jr. (History Bio Series), geared towards age 7-10. Just $5.95 at Barnes and Noble.

Whatever place you go, craft you do or book you read, just talk with your children about the dreams and visions of Dr. King. Show them that no matter their race, gender, or background, whether you come from the left side of the tracks or the right, you have the ability to make you dreams come true, if you fight for you dreams and if you believe.


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