5 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King Day in OKC

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” -Martin Luther King, 1964

Every third Monday in January is set aside to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights leader, activist, and Baptist minister, Dr. King devoted his life to advancing Civil Rights through non-violence and peaceful protests. As parents, we have an opportunity to use this day to teach our kiddos about his legacy and celebrate his life.

Though most of us look back on Dr. King’s life with respect and admiration, it is imperative to remember that not only was Dr. King assassinated for his activism, but he was also imprisoned over 30 times.

His life wasn’t cut short by one hateful criminal, but he also faced relentless opposition from all sides, throughout his life. I hope to teach my children the progress we’ve made as a country since Dr. King’s death, while also acknowledging how much work is left to be done.

Here are 5 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day in OKC this year:

  1. MLK, Jr. Day Opening Ceremony and Silent March | Monday, January 15th | Beginning at 9:45 am, there will be a Silent March from the Freedom Center to the Oklahoma History Center. This will be held in the style of early Civil Rights marches. At 10:45 am, there will be a ceremonial bell-ringing at the Oklahoma History Center. And 2pm the Parade. 
  2. MLK, Jr. Day Parade – Did you know that OKC has the third-largest Martin Luther King Day parade in the United States?! Beginning at 2 pm, in Downtown OKC, follow the parade route to honor Dr. King. The parade ends around the intersection of Walker and Reno. This year’s theme? “Resilient and Relentless”. May we all be both.
  3. MLK, Jr. Celebration Day at the Gardens – From 10 am to 1 pm, Myriad Gardens is hosting a celebration of Dr. King’s life with live performances and crafts with local Black artists and speakers.
  4. Stuck at home for one reason or another? Fun crafts for littles can be found here, or you can watch I am MLK, Jr. on Amazon Prime. You can also watch Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on YouTube here, or read the full transcript to your kiddos here. Discuss as a family:
    • What do YOU think would make our world a better place?
    • What do you think Dr. King would be proud to see today? Disappointed to see?
    • How can our family help carry on Dr. King’s work?
  5. And one more activity to add to your calendar another day: The National Civil Rights Museum is only 6-7 hours from OKC in Memphis, TN! Our family has added this to our Bucket List – at the Lorraine Motel, site of Dr. King’s assassination, the National Civil Rights Museum tells the story of slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement in America.

How will your family honor this occasion? Tell us in the comments!


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Stacy grew up in Minnesota, but spent the next several years of her life traversing the globe, temporarily setting down roots anywhere and everywhere. Stacy is extremely passionate about the world of adoption and foster care, having spent a year in Uganda adopting her oldest daughter in 2008. Stacy married her husband Jesse in 2011, and they moved to Oklahoma City to grow their family. After a brief hiatus in Minnesota, Stacy and her beloved family of five returned to Oklahoma City in June of 2017. They are thrilled to be back "home" where sweet tea flows like water and they can fully embrace saying "Y'all". Stacy obtained a Master’s degree in child psychology in 2007, but currently uses it only on her own children! A stay-at-home mama since Baby #3 was born, Stacy has stayed busy keeping her children alive and relatively entertained. She loves her little crazy crew fiercely and is enjoying returning to all of their favorite local haunts. When she’s not chasing her kiddos, Stacy is likely traveling or daydreaming about traveling. She also enjoys coffee shops, copious amounts of “cop drama” shows, and perusing pinterest for ideas that have little chance of ever getting done. But they’re good to have. Just in case.


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