MLK Jr. Day with strawberry ice cream for dessert

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Today was Martin Luther King Jr Day, a national holiday that marks the civil right’s leader’s birthday and a good time to discuss civil rights and the way that people treat one another. He would have been 89 years old today. It’s amazing how much he accomplished in his 39 years, much more than many people accomplish in 89 years. Tonight during dinner, I read some of his quotes and the boys shared what they thought about them.

Here are some of the quotes we discussed:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

During our discussion, they expressed that they just didn’t understand why people would be mean to others based on their skin color and noted how ridiculous that is. They had learned about Martin Luther King’s work in school and my older son chose MLK Jr as his hero a couple of years ago  for a class presentation.

Our Medley Moment:

Since it’s National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, we celebrated it in the most obvious way: we ate strawberry ice cream.

Maybe next year we’ll try making our own.

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Children’s books on Martin Luther King Jr:

Books about ice cream: