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As the fervor picks up for the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States of America, one can't help but think of Dr. King. In his short life, Martin Luther King, Jr. (who entered Morehouse College at only 15, and was killed at 39) proved that young people can change the world. Now standing on the shoulders of King and his generation, is President-Elect Barack Obama. No matter how you feel politically, it's impossible to ignore the strides this country has made.
On this special MLK Day, talk to your child about King and his heroism. If you are stumped as to where to start, here's a link for some wonderful ideas on how to make King Day meaningful for your children. Included is an MLK books for kids list, links, 'Did you know?' facts and other suggestions.
National Service Day is being honored on this King Day as well. If nothing else, today is a day to emphasize to children the importance of helping others. If there's an organization in your town that promotes tolerance, kindness and diversity, drop by with a special thank you. What better day to let the little light shine in all of us?