things you can do today.

January 18, 2021

Things to do today to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

Join The Frontline by taking part in one of the actions included in their #MLKDayofAction Toolkit. Actions include coordinating a local banner drop, creating a sacred space, hosting a vigil, donating to a mutual aid fund, and tuning into a special broadcast of MLK’s 1967 Three Evils speech, today at 4:00 pm ET.

Today at 3:00 pm ET, tune into MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!, presented by WNYC and Apollo Theater. RSVP to listen live as “luminaries and leaders in the fields of health, politics, journalism and more to address the implications of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election through the prisms of civil rights and modern day social justice movements.”

Integrated Schools and Nice White Parents are two podcast series that have helped me to interrogate the role I play as a white parent of white children in fostering a more equitable future. If you haven’t listened yet, consider adding these to your streaming lists. (And speaking of the role of parents, see this piece on the life, legacy, and frequent forgetting of Alberta King, MLK’s mother.)

This comprehensive list of children’s books compiled and vetted by The Conscious Kid is a good place to turn to for books that help teach kids (and adults) about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To access the full list, join the Conscious Kid Patreon for as little as $1/month. Don’t forget to also follow them on Instagram and support their ongoing Covid-19 Rent Relief collaboration with GoFundMe.

More ideas: 2018, 2019, 2020

PS. Image above from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. You can read the full letter here.

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