Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Ideas for all ages, in San Antonio and beyond

As Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaches — it’s Monday, January 20, this year — you may wonder how to honor the legacy of Dr. King with your children. Below are some events that will be taking place in San Antonio for commemorating this important day with kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens.

And, don’t forget to check out all of the related events happening in town as part of DreamWeek, created “to continue to advance and modernize the teachings set forth by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision by creating dialogue across cultures and communities.”

 

SATURDAY

Check out the 3rd annual MLK Poetry Slam Saturday night–Before MLK Day arrives on Monday, head to Grace Lutheran Church (504 Avenue E) Saturday night at 7 pm for an MLK Poetry Slam where young poets will compete at spoken word while honoring the legacy of Dr. King.

 

SUNDAY

Attend the wreath-laying ceremony–The community is invited to the annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring the life of Dr. King. Businesses, city officials, and other organizations will be on hand to pay their respects by laying wreaths at the MLK Jr. statue (located at MLK Jr. Plaza, the intersection of E Houston/N New Braunfels). Keynote speaker Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. will be on hand to deliver a speech. Event takes place at 2 pm.

 

MONDAY (MLK DAY)

Take part in San Antonio’s 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March–Each year, 300,000 men, women, and children from all ages, races, and creeds marched in San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. March, one of the largest in the country. This 2.75-mile march, open to all, starts at 10:00 a.m. January 20, 2020 at the MLK Academy, located in the 3500 block of MLK Drive. It ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, located at 1101 Iowa. View the map route and get information on using the Via Bus service to the march.

Enjoy praise and worship in the park–After the march has concluded, stay at Pittman-Sullivan Park for a commemorative praise and worship program Monday afternoon from noon until 3:30 pm. The event, presented by the San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, will feature musical artists, dancers, and spoken word performances. Get the details here.

Have a picnic at a local park and, over lunch, read a book to them about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.–Here’s a great book you can read with your kids to celebrate MLK while enjoying a picnic at any of the great San Antonio Parks

 

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