Martin Luther King Day – Here’s What the Kids Had to Say

photo by Katharine Lotze  of The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
photo by Katharine Lotze of The Santa Clarita Valley Signal

There’s nothing like getting to the heart of the matter. It doesn’t have to be long-winded or complicated. In some cases, it might not include any words at all. That’s what often happens when kids are given an opportunity to share their thoughts; they get right to the heart of the matter! Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday was celebrated yesterday. Here’s an inside look at what some of our nation’s kids had to say about Martin Luther King Jr.’s remarkable legacy.

8-year-old Beaume Hahn (pictured above) participated in a coloring contest at the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation in celebration of Dr. King’s birthday yesterday. She was among hundreds of kids demonstrating their affection and understanding through various games, sidewalk chalk drawings and coloring printed images that portrayed the American flag and Martin Luther King Jr.

The Huffington Post highlighted a spirited video by “Kid President” giving his portrayal of the civil rights leader. 10-year-old Robby Novak, aka Kid President says “Love changes everything. So fill the world with it.” Despite a brittle bone condition that’s resulted in over 70 breaks since birth, Robby has kept going, inspiring others with his creative and compassionate messages.

NPR shared a powerful version of what the day meant, through a child’s eyes, in “one of the District’s wealthiest neighborhoods” hailing its “majority of students … from different parts of the city, making it one of the most racially and economically diverse elementary schools in the nation’s capital.” Click here to listen to NPR’s What Does Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Look Like To A 5-Year-Old?

Perhaps the most touching video comes from  The Coalition for the Homeless, a New York City-based advocacy group.  Several homeless kids shared their biggest hopes for the future through their own heart-felt words of “I Have a Dream.”

Take time this Martin Luther King Day (and beyond) to celebrate freedom. No matter what your roots, you are free to carry out the biggest of dreams and help others carry out theirs!

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