5 Ways to Celebrate MLK Day With Kids (2023)

Martin Luther King Day will be observed this Monday, January 16th. Here are a few ways you and your kids can observe the holiday together.

1. Dr Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration

A MILWAUKEE TRADITION FOR MORE THAN 3 DECADES! Keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive! This is a FREE event! GET READY FOR THE 39TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION Theme: Working Toward a World of Peace EVENT TIME: 4-6pm DATE: January 16th, 2023 CONTEST CATEGORIES: ART, WRITING, SPEECH Contest Deadline: Contests are closed LOCATION: This event will be held in person at the Marcus Performing Arts Center

2. MLK Day 2023 at the Library

The Martin Luther King Branch will be open 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, January 16 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is a schedule of the programming: 9:00 am – 11:30 am   Communi-Tree  Collaborate to create a community tree mural that celebrates our roots, dreams, and  aspirations for the future. Presented by MPL Teen Advisory Board. Magna Tiles  Dream big and build even bigger with Magna Tiles. Button Making  Create your own special King Day pins. Play Chess  Learn all about the facts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the King of all board games, chess. Reflections  Listen to Dr. King’s words and soulful instrumentals while writing or drawing your reflections, thoughts and hopes for the new year in a journal. Enjoy coffee or tea while supplies last. Fresh Vote  We challenge 50 Milwaukee residents ages 18-50 to register or update their voter registration in time for the spring elections.

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Community Art Project with Vibez Creative Arts Spaces Participate in an arts and crafts project exemplifying peace, unity, and fellowship.

Live Performances

12:00 pm    “Lift Every Voice and Sing” 12:05 pm    Greeting from City Librarian Joan Johnson,   County Executive David Crowley, Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Ald. Milele Coggs. 12:20 pm    Chamber Choir   Hear the melodic sounds from HOPE Fortis South Middle School students. 12:30 pm    Xalaat Africa Youth Ensemble   Be immersed in the sights and sounds of West African dance and music. 1:00 pm    Alpha Phi Alpha Trivia Contest   Learn facts about the civil rights movement and earn prizes. 1:35 pm    Signature Dance Company  Marvel at modern dance piece from performance company levels 1, 2 and Junior Company. 2:00 pm    Mario the Poet  Be inspired by spoken word presented by Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate. 2:30 pm    A TRUE Skool Experience  Enjoy a collaborative performance showcasing the elements of Hip Hop in celebration of Dr. King. 3:00 pm    Anthony McGahee and Praise Motivated Be inspired by spoken word presented by Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate. 3:30 pm    Birthday Cake and Juice Enjoy treats in the Community Room while supplies last.

3. MLK Virtual National Day of Service Event

This virtual program from Kids Impact Community has an unlimited participation cap for families. Link to Event: http://kicmke.org/event/mlk-project-series-virtual-national-day-service-event/

4. “Youth Helping Youth: Pack Duffel Bags for Kids in Foster Care”

In the project from local kids organization Kids Impact Community, children will take the lead on a service project engaging neighbors, friends, and family to pack a Fostering Hope duffel bag for kids in foster care, including items such as a book, a toy, new pajamas, and a lot of love. All duffel bags will be distributed by Kids Matter Inc., an organization that supports kinship and foster children as well as all community members working to keep kids safe. Kids Matter Inc. believes that every child needs someone in their corner. Through staff and volunteers, the organization makes sure that children and their foster families get the support they need.  Full details in link below. Link to Project: http://kicmke.org/event/mlk-foster-care/  (This does have a participation cap of 125 duffel bags) All of KIC’s events for the week and month of January are on their website: http://kicmke.org/mlk/

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