Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Birthday Party for Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is a HUGE event that happens every year around this time...Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday party. And we want to let you know about it now so you can plan to be there!

This event happens at Northgate Mall and is sponsored by some of our favorite organizations in the area: NC Moms Rising, Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club, Durham Mothers Club, Lango, Northgate Books, and Northgate Mall.  Last year over 200 families attended this fabulous event and this year the planners are aiming to double that.  Here at MiCHill we think they can do that.  Why?  Because there is a lot to this event making it worth your family's time.

This year's event is happening Monday, January 16, 2012.  The big draw this time around is the visit of Paula Young Shelton. 

The daughter of civil rights activist Andrew Young and a first grade teacher (and Duke alumnus!), Ms. Young Shelton realized that there lacked books and resources to teach young children about civil rights and so she wrote a book about her experiences growing up during the Civil Rights Movement.  Her book, Child of the Civil Rights Movement, is a beautifully illustrated book that describes her childhood growing up in Atlanta during segregation, having dinner with Dr. King, and marching with her family in Selma, Alabama. Her book creates great starting points for talking about equality and justice and service and how we interact with them in our lives. 

Ms. Young Shelton will read from her book at two readings, with Spanish translations,  A reading for preschool aged children will be held at 10 am and another for elementary aged children at 12 pm. Each reading will be followed by freedom songs, crafts, and cake. 

I love the way one of our readers explains the importance of this event and this day:  "Equality. Justice. Service. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream. Civil Rights. How does one start teaching children about them? What about teaching young children? An important part of being a parent is passing on values and history, but sometimes it is hard to know where to start. Dr. King's dreams and legacy are still important today and there is a need to pass his messages on, but my question as a parent is how?"

If that wasn't enough to pull at your heartstrings, did you see that there will be cake!?

Also, please note that to honor Dr. King's commitment to service participants are asked to donate nonperishable food items or toiletry items (soap, toothbrushes, diapers, etc) for families served by the Durham Urban Ministries.

To further encourage civil rights, a voter registration for parents will be set up. 

A special thank you, in advance, to all the fabulous businesses and organizations putting time and supplies and effort into this event.

MLK Day Event (annual event)
2012 details as follows:
Preschool story time at 10 AM; School-age story time at 12 PM.
Ms. Young Shelton will be signing her book at Northgate Books at 11 AM and 1 PM.

Northgate Books at Northgate Mall
1058 West Club Blvd
Contact: Beth Messersmith, NC MomsRising, 919-544-8781 or

Sponsored by: NC MomsRising, the Durham Mothers Club, Carrboro/ Chapel Hill Mothers Club, Northgate Books, Northgate Mall and Lango Kids


At January 6, 2012 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Karetchko said...

Thanks for posting about this event in advance!


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