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
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
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:
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
- North Alabama Freethought Association
- Alabama Civil Justice Foundation
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Secular Coalition for Alabama
3. Support local black-owned businesses
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:
- InstaSpace Studio
- Earth Strong, LLC
- Huemanity Studios
- Dany’s Relaxation Studio
- Flirty Flame Candle Co.
- A2Z60 Lawn & Tree Service
- Helping Hand Carpentry & More
- Tickle Me Pink Spa
- Rocket City Records
How are you honoring MLK Day? Let us know by tagging @thebamabuzz on social.