Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have been 87 years old today. For the occasion, it is important to take some time to reflect on the great Civil Rights leader and his lasting legacy. Some interesting and fun activities and resources that can help celebrate Martin Luther King and his contributions are:
- Watch (or re-watch) Ava DuVernay’s excellent, award-winning 2014 movie Selma on iTunes, or Hulu, or Amazon Prime or as a rental.
- Mull over the New York Times’ section featuring the obituaries of various Civil Rights figures, giving perspective on how they were viewed at the time of their deaths.
- Visit Spotify to hear the playlist they have put together featuring some of King’s speeches—which never fail to inspire and uplift—alongside songs related to the Civil Rights movement and his legacy.
- Check out this article in Time from 2010 that chronicles the decade and a half long struggle to have Martin Luther King Jr. Day established as a national holiday.
- Revisit ArthurAshe.org’s 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day post about the personal letter he sent to a young Arthur Ashe.
What do you do to celebrate or commemorate this important day? Leave a comment to let us know your personal reflections, thoughts or recommendations.