Friday, January 14, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 17, 2011 is the 25th anniversary of the federal Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance. Signed into law by President Ronald Regan in 1983 and first observed in 1986, the day is encouraged as a day of service to others in recognition and in honor of Rev. Dr. King's contributions to community action.

So many wonderful books for children have been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. Some standouts you won't want to miss are

Martin's Big Words: the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

and My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal organization that offers suggestions for individuals, groups, or families looking for service opportunities. Check out their web page that focuses specifically on service projects for MLK Day at MLKDay.gov.

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