Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! A day where we celebrate his legacy by continuing to move forward in fighting injustice and service. Here are a few ideas of things to do with the family to teach children about why we celebrate today as a national holiday and how all of us can have a positive impact on our communities through service.
VISIT A MUSEUM
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Free Admission on MLK Jr. Day
The BCRI opens it’s doors for free each year on the King Holiday for a day of celebration and service. BCRI Galleries open to the public at 9:00 am.
WALK THE CIVIL RIGHTS HERITAGE TRAIL
More than 200 signs covering 70 sites telling the story of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham
Children and parents and grandparents can ‘walk the walk’ on the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail. Beginning at Kelly Ingram Park on the corner of 6th Avenue North and 16th Street you take a self-guided tour by following the maps and photos on the signs. The trail showcases 200 life-sized photos of the 1963 Birmingham Civil Rights Movement placed near where the photos were taken 50 years ago.
Each sign is delivered in pairs with pictures, quotes and lesson assignments. It’s a very dramatic and interactive lesson in the history of Birmingham and the lives of the leaders and everyday people that spearheaded the fight against segregation and racism.
MLK Jr. Day of Service
Hands on Birmingham
Hands on Birmingham has a listing of several family-friendly volunteer opportunities for today.
• Alabama Wildlife
• Avondale Park
• Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
• Ronald McDonald House
• Community Food Bank
• North Hill Nursing Center