This week, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we visited the Memorial Park in downtown Beaumont. The memorial park was dedicated in January of 2008 and features a bronze statue by Ron Petitt. For a look at the casting process, you can visit Mr. Petitt’s website here.
Some of the resources that our group’s members have used this week include a unit studies on Dr. King from The Homeschool Mom, Easy Fun School.com, a video of Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, among others. There are also several resources from Well Trained Homeschool and arts and crafts activities from Artists Helping Children.
The concrete plaques that line the park walls include information about Dr. King’s early life and education, his ministry and his work during the American Civil Rights Movement. Several of the plaques hold quotes from letters and speeches that Dr. King gave during his imprisonment and during the March on Washington DC in 1963.
It was very interesting talking to the children about how things were compared to how they are now. Most of our children haven’t ever experienced injustice in the same way that people did during Dr. King’s time. How sad that he didn’t get to live to see the fruits of his labors. If you have time, we highly recommend taking time to visit the Memorial Park commemorating Dr. King’s life and work. It’s a somber experience, but one that we are glad to have had today.