When you and your kids reach for the mobile devices to unwind over the long MLK Day weekend, consider taking a break from trying to get to the next level in Candy Crush Saga. Instead, take a moment to put those phones and iPads to good use with these six apps to help your family commemorate the civil rights leader.
Hear from Martin Luther King Jr. himself with famous quotes and full speeches, play games and read stories to start talking to your kids about race and the civil rights movement, and even browse a list of suggestions to get involved on the national day of service — all with apps that cost less than $1.
First: Awesome Black History Facts
February is Black History Month, and you and your family can get a jump on observing it with this fact-filled app.
There are a number of informational tidbits about Martin Luther King Jr. and other notable figures in history, sports and entertainment.
The app is also heavily integrated with social media, making it easy for you or your kids to start a discussion with friends about a fascinating piece of history.
Next: Martin Luther King Jr. QuickQuotes
MLK Quotes is a simple app that can make a big impact.
Memorable quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. can be quickly and easily browsed, and with just a few taps, you can share your favorite quotes through Twitter or Facebook.
You can even select the font and background image to create a unique, personal quote to post on your Instagram account.
Next: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech
For everyone in your family who hasn’t yet heard some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speeches, this app breaks them up into chunks for convenient listening.
Originally designed as an aid to learn English, the app presents MLK’s speeches in clear audio with subtitles that can serve as an introduction to words and topics younger kids might not already know.
Next: Riding with Rosa Parks
This free app doesn’t have the bells and whistles of most storybook apps — there are no interactive elements or voice narration — but Riding With Rosa Parks imparts an important lesson.
The story tells a kid-friendly version of history and how just one person, Rosa Parks, made a huge difference.
If your school-age children have questions about segregation and the Civil Rights Movement, this app is a good place to start.
Next: Volunteer Match
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people across the nation are called on to consider volunteering to honor his legacy.
If you and your family plan to take part in the MLK Day of Service, the VolunteerMatch app can find opportunities for you in your area.
Search for chances to volunteer in your community and areas of interest, and then immediately sign up to pitch in — all through this great app.
Next: Who Am I? Race Awareness Game
Race and ethnicity might be difficult topics to broach with your young kids, and it’s hard to know where to begin.
This two-player game is a thought-provoking way to start talking about them together. The game is played with one player choosing a photo, and then the guesser asks yes or no questions to narrow down who was selected. The guesser then learns about the person in the photo and how they identify themselves.
The app also includes invaluable tips for parents on how to start conversations about race that go beyond the game.
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