A major way we can honor Martin Luther King, Jr. is to learn — learn about his work, his legacy, the fight for civil rights, and how racism is still, sadly, very present in our world today. Educating ourselves makes us better allies and spurs us to act against discrimination in all its forms.
And now, there’s an app for that. Actually several.
The HBO Max app has the documentary “King in the Wilderness,” featuring footage and phone calls from MLK himself. HBO Max also includes “We Are the Dream,” which shows the 40th annual Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest. In it, hundreds of students share their works inspired by the civil rights icon.
You can download the PBS Video app to watch “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise.” The series shows the journey of the civil rights movement over the past 50 years.
Want to hear from MLK himself? You can with Audible or Apple Books. Several of King’s speeches, including “I Have a Dream,” are available in audiobook form.
You can also get e-books or audiobooks on King through apps like Amazon Shopping, Apple Books, or Libby, by OverDrive. Libby connects to your library membership — as long as your library has a copy, you can listen to books for free.
Some books to consider include:
These books share several of King’s speeches and homilies, respectively. He wrote some of the homilies while he was in jail. King never wrote an autobiography, but “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” combines pieces from books, essays, speeches, and manuscripts to paint a portrait of the icon.
- Me and White Supremacy, Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Once you’re informed on King, his work, and his legacy, now what?
Now it’s time to act.
Guess what? There are apps for that, too.
Support Black-owned businesses with the help of Yelp. Business owners can include that they are Black, and you can search “Black-owned” in the app to bring up a variety of companies.
Looking for Black-owned restaurants? EatOkra will show you eateries by name, location or type of food.
You can also support Black developers by downloading the Shine app. Two women of color developed the app to teach mindfulness and reflection through texts and audio.
There has been a huge — and necessary — push to show more diversity in children’s books. Kaya Thomas developed the app We Read Too to showcase books for kids that feature characters of color or written and illustrated by people of color.
One way to act is to have a conversation about race. That can be difficult in a socially distanced world, but apps Gather and StoryCorps can help. Gather provides conversation prompts to talk about complex topics with friends, coworkers, or family members. StoryCorps is a unique oral history project that asks friends and family with differing political views to record interviews with each other. These interviews eventually go into the Library of Congress archives.
There is so much to learn from the past and each other as we fight for racial justice in 2021.
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