Today is Martin Luther King day, a day we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights. His contributions were many, and today is a great opportunity to share with your children the tremendous changes he helped make in this nation. Even today he has a revered place in history, and his lessons surely still live on.
Equality. Martin Luther King Jr. is best remembered as a Civil Rights leader who helped to end segregation and the backbone to his movement was one of equality. He believed in equal rights and fair treatment of all people, regardless of their skin color. Equality is an important trait to instill in your children. Let them see you treating others how you want to be treated and teach them to judge people not by appearances, but by the content of their character.
Leadership. There is no denying the leadership of Martin Luther king Jr. He lead a movement of people for change and was pivotal in seeing that change realized. He knew he had a job to do and he knew he was the one to do it. He led many marches and protests, most notably the Montgomery Bus Boycott which ended segregation on the city’s buses. Encourage your children to be leaders in all that they do. Martin Luther King didn’t ask for permission, he demanded compliance. Encourage your kids to be a leader on a sports team, club, and in the classroom. Teach them confidence, fairness and teach them to work out their problems.
Faith. Martin Luther King Jr. was a deeply spiritual man, but more than that he had a grander sense of faith that encompassed all that he did. He believed in himself and his goals when many thought he was trying to achieve the impossible. Teach your children to believe in themselves and their goals. The worst thing you can do is give up when it gets tough, as you never know how close you are to achieving that goal. Leave worry out of your mind and believe in yourself.
Hope. Martin Luther King Jr didn’t reach his goals easily, and in the end, they came at the ultimate price. Despite this, he never gave up hope. He always kept moving forward no matter how harsh the set back. He shared his hopes and dreams with the world and saw them come to fruition with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed segregation. Share with your children some hard times you have gone though only to see them through and find happiness. Think of people who have endured hard times throughout history and instill a value of not giving up when things get tough, but seeing your hopes and dreams through until the very end.
Love. The greatest of all is love. Martin Luther King Jr. represented love in an amazing way. I’m taking this day to honor his memory and appreciate all that he has done for this country. He believed that love, family, brotherhood, and caring for others was the answer to many problems in the world. I would have to agree. Teach your child to love themselves and others. Show them how to care for people, help others in need and to be a good friend.
Thank you Martin Luther King Jr., your contributions will never be forgotten.