Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Prompts #3

Here are 10 Martin Luther King Jr. Day writing prompts you can use to ring in the holiday with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays on Amazon.

401. There are many museums and tours one can take on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to learn more about African-American history and civil rights. What is one aspect of the subject you'd like to learn more about and why?

402. Over 100,000 people take the time to volunteer during the holiday. What do you think it means to have a day of service as opposed to a simple vacation day? Why might a day of service be important?

403. Peaceful marches and demonstrations happen all over the country during Dr. King Day. If you could hold a demonstration for any good cause what would it be and why?

404. One example of a holiday activity is holding a roundtable discussion with your friends or classmates about the importance of civil rights. Imagine that Dr. King himself was involved in the discussion. Describe the conversation from beginning to end.

405. In Denver, Colorado, the city holds a Martin Luther King Marade, a combination of the words march and parade. What are some example of strange two-word combinations you could make? Why might they be confusing to some people?

406. Many people take time during the holiday to watch television specials about Dr. King and his contributions. Do you think watching these documentaries and programs is important? Why or why not?

407. During the civil rights movement, Dr. King hosted spiritually-based dinners meant to have people discuss the barriers that remain to progress. What would such a dinner be like in your household? What would you discuss and why?

408. The city of Hiroshima, Japan, is one of the few outside of the United States that celebrates Dr. King Day. What do you think it would take for the world to recognize the holiday as strongly as the U.S. does? Why?

409. One way that Dr. King's memory has been honored is by naming many street, libraries, and schools after the civil rights leader. What opinion do you think Dr. King would have of these honors and why?

410. While Dr. King's work made a lot of progress for civil rights, there are still many issues that need to be resolved for true equality to exist. What are some causes Dr. King's supporters might be fighting for today and why?

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    Written by Bryan Cohen

    Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on and Facebook.
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