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Posted: January 18, 2019

Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

While schools are closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in commemoration of MLK Day, students can join the march in Albuquerque, volunteer and learn about the Civil Rights Movement.

Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday marking the birthday of the civil rights leader. King is well known for his efforts to bring about racial equality in the nation using nonviolent means. The same year that King won the Nobel Peace Prize in the field of human rights, the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. 

In Albuquerque, MLK Day will be celebrated with a parade and march beginning at 10 a.m. at the northeast corner of University Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue. The march of solidarity and peace ends at 1 p.m. at Civic Plaza with a commemoration ceremony. 

Ways to Promote a Deeper Appreciation of King's Legacy

Suggestions provided by the U.S. Department of Education

Learn about the civil rights movement: Check out a timeline of African American history. The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was the political, legal, and social struggle to gain full citizenship rights for African Americans and to achieve racial equality.

Volunteer for a day of service: According to, King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service.

Enrich your kids’ understanding of making a contribution to societal welfare, as Martin Luther King did, by encouraging them to volunteer. Even at a young age, kids can help by making cards for a local hospital, or adopting an elderly neighbor by checking on him or her on a routine basis. Or make it a family effort; volunteer along with your kids for local community activities.

Read the “I Have a Dream” speech: See if your kids can find King’s speech listed in the program for the March on Washington. Try reading the speech with your kids to get a sense of content, and see if they can understand the significance of the words.

Learn the intent of monuments: Let your kids know memorials, such as that built to remember King, can be made to not only remind us of a particular person or event, but the actual structure’s architecture can relay different messages and intent. Impress upon your kids the amount of thought that can be given when designing a memorial, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.


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