November 24, 2017

6 Places for Kids to Learn About Martin Luther King, Jr.

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It’s Martin Luther King Day, and it’s a great time to teach your kids about this incredible civil rights leader. There are memorials and monuments across the country dedicated to Dr. King, providing you with wonderful learning opportunities to teach about the principles of freedom and equality. Here are six worth checking out as a family.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens (Raleigh, NC): The first public park dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, it’s open 24 hours a day for self-guided tours. Look out for the bronzed real-life statue of Dr. King that kids can touch and feel.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fountain & Waterfall (San Francisco): Head to Yerba Buena Gardens to enjoy this beautiful tribute to a great civil rights leader. Listen to the babbling brook and enjoy the fountain mist right in the middle of the city. Read the inscriptions on the wall as you and your kids walk behind the waterfall.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park (Seattle): Look out for the dramatic sculpture at the center of the reflecting pool, which was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Stop to take a look at surrounding tiles that describe key events in Dr. King’s life.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (Washington, DC): Dedicated in October, you and your family can now visit this memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. Check out the Inscription Wall for inspirational quotes, and while in DC, be sure to visit the Lincoln Memorial. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis): Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr., you can check out key moments in the civil rights movement and its legacy to inspire civil and human rights worldwide. Check out the audio tour just for kids.

The King Center (Atlanta): Established in 1986, the King Center is at the hub of a 23-acre national historic site. Check out the Civil Rights Walk of Fame, Dr. and Mrs. King’s Crypt and Dr. King’s Birth Home (available for Park Ranger-led tours only). You can also check out the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Eternal Flame, which symbolizes continuing efforts to realize Dr. King’s dream.

Have you visited any of the above memorials dedicated to Dr. King? I’d love to hear which ones you’ve enjoyed with your family.

Comments

  1. Tonya @ The Traveling Praters says:

    My family LOVED the King Center in Atlanta- and saw the sculpture in Seattle. The King Center spurred a full-blown study of the Civil War movement for our homeschooling family and the kids were much more interested in learning about that tumultuous period in history after our visit.

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