Train Up A Child Challenge: MLK Day of Service


Our MLK Day of Service (and also our January project for our Train Up A Child challenge) was to spread some multicultural literacy love.


“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week, I’m participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day (check back tomorrow for our book review and kids’ activities!). Inspired by what I’ve learned from sharing in that event, Yaya and I took to our local bookstore to pick up books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and multiculturalism to share.

I explained to Yaya that we were going to purchase four books to donate: one needed to be about Martin Luther King, and the others could be about anything but had to show pictures of people who look different from us. Here’s what she came up with:photo

(I realize the Dr. Seuss one is a stretch, but Yaya pointed out that the characters in all the Dr. Seuss books do look different from us. What could I say to that?)

Our public library actually has a fantastic selection of books that represent diversity, but I have noticed that our neighborhood grade school’s library does not. As the mom of an African American child who will one day be attending the school, I’ve also inquired about the amount of diversity in the student body, and learned that he will make-up a very teeny, tiny percentage of minority groups at the school. While I can’t change the fact that we live in a homogeneous school zone, I CAN do my part in helping to get books that celebrate diversity into the classrooms of my kiddos.

So, we will be taking our little collection of books that celebrate African American, Chinese and Whoville cultures to our school library today, in honor of Dr. King.

Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to announce that this year we are joining in the US Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by challenging our readers (and ourselves!) to take the time to do service with our children. Today some of our wonderful bloggers are sharing ideas about the kinds of volunteer work they have done with their kids.

Share your own service ideas in the comments or by linking up below!

For some ideas on doing volunteer work with kids, follow my Service Activities board on Pinterest, browse the Multicultural Kid Blogs list of family-friendly service projects or great organizations to support. You can also follow their Teaching Global Citizenship and Black History boards on Pinterest.

Participating Blogs

Multicultural Kid Blogs

Pennies of Time

365 Days of Motherhood

Africa to America

All Done Monkey

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

The Good Long Road

Kid World Citizen

Learning to Be the Light

A Path of Light

Share your own posts below!



  1. This is a great idea. It is important to give teh gift of reading to others and to honor MLK.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  2. Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy says:

    This is so very important. I wonder if our local library has books representing diversity, I might have a look. It’s very important here in Australia, we are such a multicultural country. Thanks for linking up on Mummy Mondays.

  3. I love this idea! It’s a great way to serve, raise awareness & to help kids learn all at the same time. Thanks for sharing it with me!

  4. So glad you are teaching the world about Whoville culture! 😉 So sweet! Seriously, though, great activity, and I love how you really involved your daughter and respected her choices. Thanks for participating in the MLK Day of Service Blog Hop!

  5. Great choices, Yaya! Thanks for donating books.

  6. This is a great idea! Lol at the dr seuss inclusion – that’s cute 🙂

  7. Thanks for supporting this important movement. We must spread his message of tolerance

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