Monthly Archives: January 2013

Celebrate Martin Luther King this Monday, Jan 21st

MLKMartin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.  Shortly after he died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single “Happy Birthday” and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000.

Martin Luther King Day is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.

Here are some fun activities to do with children on this holiday:

Annapolis Cluster Goes Duckpin Bowling at Severna Park Lanes

DSC_0035Last night a group from the Annapolis cluster met at the Severna Park Lanes on Rt 2 to go duckpin bowling.  For some it was the very first time to participate in bowling with such small balls!  Our next cluster meeting will be a Red Cross Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Class.  Current host families and au pairs are invited to attend.   The cost for the class for the au pairs will be paid for by Au Pair in America.