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Remembering MLK with Worldview Explorations-Inspired Activities

by Katia Petersen

We are challenged to instill within the people of our congregations a world perspective. The world in which we live is geographically one. Now, more and more, we are challenged to make it one in terms of brotherhood.

—Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Don't Sleep Through the Revolution"

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of most influential prophets of peace and social justice in modern history. Often remembered as a pioneering peaceful warrior of the civil rights movement, his words and actions are too profound to be confined to the arena of pure political history.

At IONS, Dr. King's messages of social activism, compassion, and universal community resonate powerfully. We cultivate these skills through the Worldview Explorations program for young people, in lessons such as: Expanding our Awareness, Cultivating Compassion, Deep Listening, Self Regulation, and Embracing our Interconnection by Being of Service.

To celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we invite you to practice the following Worldview Explorations-inspired activities—in the classroom, or at home.

Connect with Compassion

Dr. King spoke out against segregation as humanity’s great sin against itself, a condition that breeds only ignorance and conflict. Our research at IONS indicates that we are far more interconnected than most of us realize. By bringing goodness to others, we also bring joy to ourselves.

Activity: The motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum: "Out of Many, One." Create a collage that illustrates that through our superficial differences we are really one interconnected whole.

Dream into Action

Martin Luther King dreamed a revolution into being; what was once thought impossible is now everyday occurrence. There are endless possibilities to transform ourselves, as we connect with others and the world.

Activities: Write your own "I Have a Dream" speech, taking time to explore and imagine the possibilities! Share it with your friends and family so you can help each other make the elements of your dream a reality. Create a collective dream book, and add dreams with specific actions steps to help you fulfill them.

Lead through Service

We all have different talents and intelligences. Dr. King once intimated that it is not so much what we do that defines us, but the love and effort with which we do it.

Practice: Think about the qualities and gifts that Dr. King possessed that compelled people to follow him. What gifts do YOU possess that you can share with those around you? Try to pay attention to them as you go through your day.

How do you celebrate Martin Luther King?

We invite you to share with us how you keep his legacy alive every day. You can comment here below or on facebook.

Click here for more information about the Worldview Explorations program »

This post was prepared in collaboration with Mollie Robertson,
Education and Research Assistant

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