Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Day (from a 4 yr old's perspective)

Astrid: "Is today Martin Luther Day?"
Me: "Yes, it's Martin Luther King Day."
Astrid: "Is today his birthday?"
Me: "I don't think so. It's just a day to celebrate him & his life."
Astrid: "He says - No fighting, no hitting, we all need to get along with each other - right Mom?"
Me: "Yes, that's right. And everyone should be treated fairly & equally."

I could tell she's been learning of MLK in preschool. A pretty good way to explain his belief in non-violent protests by explaining it to preschoolers as "no fighting & no hitting", and civil rights as "getting along with each other".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

January 15 actually is Dr. King's birthday. There are a great selection of biographies about him at your local library that your little girl would enjoy. Of course, it is hard to discuss the end of Dr. King's life with children. I was a librarian in an elementary school and the kids seem to know how to deal with it when it is explained honestly and openly. In the end, Dr. King's message of hope prevails.