Monday, January 20, 2014
Martin Luther King Day
Today was a holiday from school and we spent it by sleeping in, relaxing at home and then bowling with friends; which then extended into more playtime for one child while another went to ballet. Afterwards we joined those same friends (plus another family but minus Bryce) for pizza and fun after ballet was over.
However, I didn't want to forget or skip over the real reason that we were able to have such a wonderful day. This evening, before bed, we read, "I have a Dream" with paintings by Kadir Nelson. This book has beautiful and moving artwork and it's a nice, succinct version of Dr. Martin Luther King's speech, but what I love and appreciate the most is the CD that comes with the book. We listened to the entire speech and it's almost impossible not to be pulled in by Dr. King's powerful voice and amazing delivery of his most famous speech. I believe that it makes it more meaningful for the children to hear the actual speech instead of just reading about it or being told about Dr. King. To hear his voice, along with the voices in the background and the cheers of the crowd is more powerful and compelling than any book written on the subject can hope to be.