Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January in the USA. Which this year makes it today.
Martin Luther King Jr was a Minister and Civil Rights campaigner in 1960’s America. He helped organise the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He is famous for advocating peaceful protest, in 1963 he made his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech at a freedom rally in Washington. In 1968 he was assassinated. MLK Day was first celebrated 3 years later but it was not until 2000 that is was finally observed in all 50 states.
We started off with a piece of artwork. We arranged two boxes of crayons across the top of a large canvas and glued them in place with strong glue. We gave the glue a few hours and then tilting the canvas at an angle we turned on the hairdryer.
As the crayons melted the wax ran.
We followed up by reading a library book about Dr King.
We then added some information on to our timeline (no ink in printer) Sam listened to an audio of the ‘I have a Dream’ speech and then he made his own ‘I have a Dream’ poster – keen sense of social justice my boy. He was most upset to find out yesterday how little the average soldier earns!
One of the things I love about my job is that it occasionally tosses me up little gems I have forgotten about – I found Jack’s ‘I have a Dream’ poster on the website – no idea how old he was but clearly doesn’t have Sam’s social conscience 😉
Then using AV’s New Year Doodle Fun we looked at how he could help with those dreams. We have some shopping to do to support the local foodbank.