6 ways to Observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  1. Spend the day in service to others. Volunteer with your favorite community organization or non-profit.
  2. Read some of Dr. King’s writings, like his Call for Economic Justice in The Nation magazine (includes the quote above), or the works mentioned on an episode of WDET’s Detroit Today last week. 
  3. Visit The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and experience “And Still We Rise,” an exhibit that “offers a comprehensive look at the history of African-American resilience.” Not in Detroit? Check out these lists of museums from Essence magazine and Wikipedia focused on the African American experience.
  4. Check out these podcast: Hidden in Plain SiteArchitecture Is Political, and Code Switch.
  5. Read about I-375 in DetroitBruce Beach in Manhattan Beach, California and other efforts toward social justice. Ponder whether these moves are restorative, reparative, and can close the racial wealth gap.
  6. Watch Selma (on Hulu), 13TH (on Netflix), and Eyes on the Prize (on HBOMax).