Martin Luther King Jr. Day, also referred to as MLK Day, is celebrated on the third Monday in January. This year, it is taking place on January 17. In honor of the holiday, we've compiled a list of activities and resources for your family! But first, let's learn a little bit more about the meaning behind the holiday.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister from Atlanta, Georgia, leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 to 1968 and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Dr. King led marches and nonviolent protests in support of Black voters' rights, desegregation, labor rights and other basic civil rights. Dr. King was instrumental in organizing the March on Washington in 1963 where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
The holiday was created to honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. The first holiday was celebrated in 1986.
CDM will be featuring three books in Discovery Library over the weekend leading up to MLK Day.
If you're interested in additional titles, click here for 22 Children’s Books about Martin Luther King Jr. organized by Colours of Us.
Jan. 17 marks the 27th anniversary of the National MLK Day of Service, a day dedicated to honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and serving the community. Locally, the MLK Day of Service launched in 2014. Here are some ways you and your family can get involved in the Chattanooga community on Day of Service: