Welcome friends, to a special edition of Using Our Words: a weekly roundup of heartful and helpful things from around the internet. Today, we’re celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a handful of resources (non-sponsored, as always) that we have found helpful as parents and caregivers. After a grim start to the new year, we’re prioritizing time, today especially, to talk to our children about anti-racism, activism, and how we can emulate Dr. King’s impact in our own communities.
Something to read with kids: This beautifully-illustrated book uses Dr. King’s own words to paint a picture of his life.
Something to read with grown-ups: Tips for continuing conversations about race that books often start.
Something to consider: A “throughline” helps kids understand the connection between the Civil Rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter movement.
Something to watch together: Queue up Dr. King’s full ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, then follow with We Are the Dream for an inspiring family movie night. (Available on HBO Max.)
Something to do: Find safe, socially-distant volunteer opportunities in your community via Americorps.
As always, if you have something you’d like to share, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org! We love hearing from you, and are so, so grateful to have you in our community.