Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Day. The famous oration was delivered August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a crowd of 250,000. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wove references to the Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address, and the Bible in his “I Have a Dream” speech. His message of equality, call to action through peaceful demonstration, and the power of love over hate resonates as strongly today as it did in more than fifty years ago. The annual day of service to honor his vision is a timely opportunity for parents to talk with kids about their dreams for a better world.
Wilton Historical Society’s museum educator, Katherine Karlik has put together an activity kit for kids and parents to commemorate the spirit of the day. Kids can create a cloud wall hanging featuring a white ‘I have a dream’ cloud floating above red and blue ribbons that can be personalized with their own hopes and dreams for community and country. The kit includes materials and instructions for the cloud wall hanging, worksheets, and a list of supplementary book suggestions and links to listen to Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech. The kit is suggested for children ages 6 – 12. and costs $5 per kit. To order your kit click here.