5 ways to honor MLK

I helped my friends @pompomsocial do a little tribute to MLK day and Coretta Scott King, go check it out on their feed.


For those of you unfamiliar with the Day of Service aspect to the MLK holiday see the below quote from Dr. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. All across America on the Holiday, his followers perform service in hospitals and shelters and prisons and wherever people need some help. It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, rehabilitate housing, tutoring those who can’t read, mentoring at­risk youngsters, consoling the broken­hearted and a thousand other projects for building the beloved community of his dream.”

Would love to know if or how you and yours plan to honor MLK Day of Service this coming Monday 1/15. A few simple ideas that I have done and plan to do with Mike & Mo this year: 


  1. MLK VIDS Last year we watched a couple speeches and kids videos about MLK and his work on youtube. Find some here.
  2. SMALL ACTS OF SERVICE This year I plan to donate warm clothes to local shelters and sit with Mo and talk to him about donating books and toys to local services and charities that work with underserved families. This one is so, so easy, almost as easy as watching a video like I suggest above and is a great teachable moment for your kiddo.
  3. LARGER ACTS OF SERVICE Many community based organizations host clean ups or site visits to improve the conditions of publicly run spaces like: parks, shelters, schools and recreation centers. These are great ways to really provide and impact and connect with your community. 
  4. COMMUNITY EVENTS The Oregon Historical Society's museum has a new exhibit all about Oregon's Civil Rights movement which debuts this weekend. Admission on MLK Day is free so I am planning to visit with the family. Learn more about Portland based events you can attend HERE via the Oregonian. 
  5. MLK BOOKS This is another great one for the kiddos in your life, visit a local library or book store as they often showcase their selection of storybooks about MLK and his teachings.

Hope this little list inspired you to honor the MLK Day of Service, a "day on, not a day off".

xx Ly