1. WATCH FILMS THAT HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Watching films are a great way to educate ourselves on the remarkable life and work of MLK. While there are many films out there that beautifully honor his legacy, below are our personal top 4 favorites that are equal parts inspiring and informative.
2. READ HIS WORK
Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech is undeniably his most famous piece of work, but his other writings are equally just as powerful. Check out his "Letter to Coretta," written from Reidsville State Prison in October 1960 or the text of his speech "Our God is Marching On" delivered on March 25, 1965 from the steps of the Alabama State House after leading thousands on a march from Selma to Alabama's capital.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" MLK Day is a Holiday, but it's also a National Day of Service that focuses on racial equality, human rights, and civic engagement. There are many opportunities to get involved and make an impact. Start by searching Point's of Light's Engage or AmeriCorps to find virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities.
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4. LISTEN AND LEARN
Listening and learning is a very important part of advocating for civil and human rights and is a great way to honor Dr. King's pursuit of social justice through friendship, love, and understanding. You can learn how to support and advocate for people of color through Points of Light's Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism initiative.