Martin Luther King's birthday falls on Monday, January 21st this year. What better way to celebrate than to make a "friendship" salad! Ahead of time, send a note home with your kids asking them to bring in their favorite fruit. Have children cut and combine all their fruit into a big bowl and enjoy the healthy snack they worked together to make. If you will be making this salad at home with your child/ren to celebrate MLK's birthday and accomplishments, use the fruit as a metaphor to teach MLK's dream. Explain that fruit are like people, there are many different types and they all look and taste different but in the end they are all the same; they are all fruit. MLK wanted all people to get along and have equal rights. Teach integration by having your child combine all the different kinds of fruit (people) into the same bowl. You may further explain racial segregation, if you wish, in simple terms by saying that not all children were allowed to attend the same schools or drink from the same water fountains just because of the color of their skin.