3 ways to observe and honor MLK Day this year in Huntsville

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Observe MLK Day in Alabama. (history.com)

MLK Day is a great time to reflect on civil rights in our country. Here are three ways to observe and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement this MLK Day on Monday, January 17.

1. Watch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his “I have a dream speech.” (NPR.com)

I’m sure we’ve all seen, heard or read the famous “I have a dream” speech in our lifetimes, but how long has it been? Years? With new experiences, perceptions and relationships, the speech may mean more to you now.

2. Donate time, money or resources to civil justice organizations

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Give your time to an organization. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People / Facebook)

The Yellowhammer State played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement. Naturally, there are countless civil and racial justice organizations in Alabama, so here are a few to get your search started:

3. Support local black-owned businesses

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Support local black-owned businesses. (Unseen Histories / Unsplash)

I asked Huntsvillians how they wanted to honor MLK Day. A frequent response was to support black-owned businesses, so I reached out on Facebook to find some black-owned businesses in Huntsville. Here’s what I found:

Looking for ways to lend a helping hand this MLK Day in Montgomery or Mobile? We’ve got you covered.

How are you honoring MLK Day? Let us know by tagging @thebamabuzz on social.

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Emily Kent
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