Martin Luther King Jr Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Martin Luther King Jr event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors one of the most significant figures in modern history, a man who literally changed the world with his vision and ideas; and a man who has inspired the composition of a number of great songs.
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In planning the ideal Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, the host also must plan a playlist that is both fun and reverential. It could include songs such as:
Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2
Abraham, Martin and John by Dion
Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips (as Georgia was King’s home state)
Black or White by Michael Jackson
Rainy Night in Georgia by Conway Twitty and Sam Moore
Tennessee by Arrested Development (which addresses racial issues)
Original Sin by INXS (which addresses racial issues)
Freedom by the Pointer Sisters
We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks
Georgia by Ray Charles
Any Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration also should include some tasteful party supplies; which could include a banner or wall art bearing King’s immortal likeness, placemats or take home party favor scrolls that come imprinted with phrases from his “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as plates and other tableware in subtle, muted colors. A box can serve a dual purpose by first being able to hold supplies, but also be decorated on the outside for decor use. Don't be hesitant about asking parents to help out at a celebration for children. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day homemade party supplies such as handmade party banners, homemade flags and Martin Luther King Jr. posters along with American flags red, white and blue streamers will be the perfect homemade supplies for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade or celebration and will compare to no others. Handmade Martin Luther King Jr. Day features parties, parades and other special celebrations, therefore party supplies such as homemade costume jewelry, t-shirts and Martin Luther King Jr. Day hats are a welcomed addition to a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a special day in our country and commemorating it with homemade party supplies such as banners, posters and noise makers adds to the day’s festivities. In addition to homemade party supplies other party supplies such as party music, tambourines, noise makers and tambourines are perfect for any Martin Luther King Jr. event.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day party supplies and handmade party goods need to be prepared before the actual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. Many people believe homemade party supplies like Martin Luther King Jr. Day centerpieces, Martin Luther King Jr. Day t-shirts and patriotic red, white and blue balloon bouquets will only add to this glorious day.


February in many parts of the country is a cold month, staying inside is best and so to stay warm celebrate this day with a Martin Luther King Jr Day theme cake. In honor of the man who would turn decades of history upside and correct the wrongs of the past here is a cake appropriate to the that idea, that theme. Serve an old fashion pineapple upside down cake, only thing needed is the ingredients and those can be acquired when working on the party supplies as well. Some ideas to help decorate around where the cake will sit once done, and could be placed on top as desired. Here are the directions to making the cake, start with heating the oven to 325 degrees and then get a 10 inch heavy skillet to melt ˝ cup of butter on low heat. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the pan, after removing from the heat. Next place the pineapple slices to cover the bottom of the skillet. Place cherries around the pineapple and set aside. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Prepare the eggs for use by separating the whites from the yolks and set to bake in the oven.

Martin Luther King played a pivotal part in the history not just of Black Americans, but of American history as a whole. It is only right that the life of such an important person in our histories be celebrated in style with a Martin Luther King Party. In celebrating the legacy of the man, Martin Luther King, we also celebrate how far we have come in securing the rights and dignity of all Americans no matter their color, race, creed, sexual orientations, or other differences.

Many people celebrate Martin Luther King Day on January 20th each year. Most people don't traditionally celebrate with a party, but a Martin Luther King Party is a wonderful way to celebrate the life of the man who has meant so much to our country's history and to teach the value of his life's purpose to others.

If you are planning a Martin Luther King Party, it is a good idea to send invitations early, clearly spelling out what the party will be about, and any special instructions for the party. For that reason, good invitations should be used, and since these parties are not common, you might have to make the invitations yourself. Using copied photographs of Martin Luther King or copies of his "I have a dream" speech folded into card form, work well.

If you use copies of the speech, you can always highlight one particular section of the speech for each guest, and depending on the ages, perhaps just the children, may then line up at the party and take turns reciting the line they learned or reading the line, until they have reinacted the whole "I Have a Dream" speech. Or, you could get a book about him and read from that. This can be a wonderful lesson, and later, after a pot luck dinner, everyone can watch Martin Luther King giving his speech. This is a wonderful idea, and a great way to teach the goals of unity to which Martin Luther King dedicated his life.

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Martin Luther King Jr History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Martin Luther King Jr theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The origin of Martin Luther King Jr. Day began after his assassination in 1968. He was killed on a hotel balcony, as he was getting ready to make a speech. The birth of the reverend is observed as a federal holiday in the United States, around January 15th annually.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a nonviolent activist, the chief spokesman for the civil rights movement.

Ronald Reagan signed the law that made Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday in 1983, but the first observance was actually in 1986. Some states resisted to observe the holiday, gave it alternative names, like “Civil Rights Day,” or combined it with other holidays. Officially, it was finally observed in all of the 50 states of the union in 2000.

The day was promoted as a holiday by labor unions, and after his assassination, a union representative, John Conyers introduce a bill to Congress for the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. to be a national holiday. There was a vote for this bill in 1979, but it did not receive the number of votes it needed to pass. There were two arguments about the holiday, one being that another paid federal holiday would be very expensive, and the other was that the day would honor a private citizen. This was contrary to the tradition of honoring only people who had held a title in public office.

The next strategy was to take it to the corporate community and to the general public, and this was a success. Stevie Wonder, a popular musician, released “Happy Birthday,” in order to make the campaign more popular in 1980, and the law was passed in Congress.

When President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to create the federal holiday on November 2, 1983, it was to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. It was first observed as a federal holiday on January 20, 1986. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. Everyone does not drink alcohol, be inclusive when planning a get-together and have a choice of drinks that include non-alcoholic opinions. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. The history of Martin Luther King Jr has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
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