The newest social media darling is Pinterest, a platform that nonprofits can use to curate compelling visual content. Pinterest, with its ease of use and the pleasing beautiful sea of visuals, is the perfect place to curate inspiration for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Like Whitney Friedlander, I decided to mark MLK Day holiday by searching and curating some inspiring images that link to great content about one of this country’s greatest leaders. Here’s my complete MLK pinboard and selected ways to mark to the day in Dr. King’s honor:
1. Listen to his “I Have A Dream Speech”
You can listen to it on YouTube or read the full text here. Or read and listen to a reflection by his speech writer on NPR or this visual analysis of the speech by Nancy Duarte. Or like Simon Mainwaring, you can think about what his words mean for us today.
2. Tweet or Text his Quotes
Dr. King has many inspiring quotes. For a collection of quotes, see MLK Online. What’s your favorite? Mine is here:
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
And a reminder from Nancy White that small gestures or small steps can lead to big ideas.
3. Google Doodle
Like commemorative postage stamps, Google has been honoring MLK Day with a Doodle since 2003.
4. MLK Day of Service
While some may be protesting today, others are giving service to their community as part of the MLK Day of Service Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. (Unfortunately, you can add Facebook content to Pinterest directly, but the work around is to make a screen capture and add the link manually.)
5. Occupy the Dream
Some people may be spending this day off doing service to their community, but others may be protesting. Occupy the Dream is a Occupy protest on federal reserves in different cities. More here from the Huffington Post
6. MLK Day Infographic
A celebration of MLK Day on Pinterest would not be complete without an infographic. With a little bit of searching, I found a fabulous one on the Hands On Blog.
How are you celebrating the life and work of Dr. King?