Yesha Callahan

Open Thread: What Are You Doing to Celebrate MLK Day?

Artist Ekua Holmes for Google Doodle

Painter and Collage Artist Ekua Holmes for Google Doodle

Today is the official national holiday to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK was such a powerful and important figure that certain parts of his legacy have become cliché. The most minimal of acknowledgments of Black History Month include his “I Have a Dream” speech. But, hopefully you already know that MLK was more than that speech.

He was a man who had flaws, dreams, desires, ambitions, a sense of humor and a plan. The day that is designated to honor him is typically filled with lectures, volunteer opportunities and days off from school and work. Since MLK was such a proponent of education and activism, spending the day other than sleeping in seems appropriate. Do something for his special day that embodies the spirit of positive change through action.

Have you looked into the MLK celebrations in your area? What will you be doing to mark this auspicious day? Have you checked out Selma?

Ekua Holmes, Painter and Collage Artist

Ekua Holmes, Painter and Collage Artist

Google commissioned artist Ekua Holmes to create Google’s official MLK “Doodle’ illustration. To learn more about Ekua Holmes please visit Be sure to check out her profile with the Boston Globe here.

Image Credits: Joanne Rathe/Boston Globe/Ekua Holmes

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