Service is one of the four Core Values at The New Century School. Honoring the great man who famously said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve” on the day set aside to serve in his name is an annual observance at TNCS.
On the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service, we step up to make communities more equitable, to fight for systemic change, and to take action to create the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream. Together, we can strengthen ties to our communities and one other while we address critical issues that divide us.
At TNCS, this type of service happens all year long, with the TNCS Community participating in food, clothing, and hygiene kit drives (scroll to the end for more service posts), for example, and by actively participating in antiracism. But on January 16th, that service becomes transcendent, merging with the service of others and, temporarily, at least, actualizing the Beloved Community.
Baltimore has a special connection with Dr. King, who visited in 1964. Events will take place all around Charm City leading up to and on January 16th, the day set aside to serve the community in his honor. And, YES! The parade is happening (Monday, beginning at noon)! Other wonderful events like the annual Dare to Dream day at American Visionary Art Museum (free museum admission!) as well as opportunities to volunteer and serve are included in these links:
- From Baltimore magazine: Ways to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Around Baltimore
- From Baltimore Fishbowl: Here are ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in Baltimore
Whether you are able to serve on January 16th or not, you can inspire your children to stand up for equality. Start with this biographical video on Dr. King made for kids.
Books are another extremely effective way to teach children about the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. So, with the help of Colours of Us and Encompass, here are reading lists for preschool, and elementary, and middle school children, grouped by age.
Preschool Reading List
- I Am Martin Luther King, Jr., by Brad Meltzer
- The Story of Martin Luther King Jr., by Johnny Ray Moore
- My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart, by Angela Farris Watkins
- My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr., by Marion Dane Bauer
- A Sweet Smell of Roses, by Angela Johnson
Elementary Reading List
- Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You, by Carole Boston Weatherford
- As Good as Anybody, by Richard Michelson
- The Story of Martin Luther King Jr., by Christine Platt
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Doreen Rappaport
- National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr., by Kitson Jazynka
- I Have a Dream, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation, by Barry Wittenstein
- My Brother Martin, by Christine King Farris
- Martin’s Dream, by Jane Kurtz
- I Am #4: Martin Luther King Jr., by Grace Norwich
- My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King III
- My Dream of Martin Luther King, by Faith Ringgold
- The March on Washington (American Girl: Real Stories From My Time), by Bonnie Bader
Middle School Reading List
- Martin Rising: Requiem For a King, by Andrea Davis Pinkney
- Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?, by Bonnie Bader
- Free At Last: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Angela Bull
- Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, by Nancy Churnin
- Portraits of African-American Heroes, by Tonya Bolden
- Martin Luther King Jr.: A Graphic History of America’s Great Civil Rights Leaders, by Rachel Ruiz
- Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968, by Alice Faye Duncan
However you choose to observe, Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, TNCS Community!
More service blogs from Immersed:
- Adriana DuPrau: TNCS’s Dean of Students On Service-Learning, Fundraising, Community-Building, and the All-New Advisory Board!
- TNCS Parent Council 2020–2021 Hits the Ground Running!
- TNCS Reading Buddies Program Expands to “Buddy School,” Wolfe St. Academy!
- ‘Tis the Season for Service at TNCS!
- Service Learning Gets Souped Up at TNCS!
- TNCS Strengthens Community Partnerships with Southeast Baltimore Area Schools!
- TNCS Elementary and Middle School Students Spread Kindness from the Ground Up!
- TNCS Continues Annual Service to the Community with Project Linus
- Lessons in Thanksgiving at TNCS
- TNCS Gives Thanks by Giving Back