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Chicago Children's Museum presents `What Does It Mean, Dr. King?`

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The story of Martin Luther King Junior is still being introduced to children.

Although times have changed, parents feel it's important for them to know what he fought for.

The Chicago Children's Museum continues to try and educate children about the importance of Martin Luther King Day.

Through a play titled, "What Does It Mean, Doctor King?," children are transported back to segregated America.

Children, some as young as five or six years old, may never have heard of Martin Luther King Junior as they enjoyed this day off from school.

From watching Rosa Parks sit at the front of the bus, to the story of Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend an all white elementary school, stories of the fight to end segregation were told.

Top put the stories into context, the children were able to choose whether they should go to school with Ruby, or even cross the pretend picket line filled with those who spewed hatred.

"We wanted to give kids a chance to really stand up and do something. And be just slightly scary to really think what they would have done if they would have been there," Associate Vice president of Family Learning at the Chicago Children's Museum, Tsivia Cohen, said.

For children, some as young as six-year-old Amelia Akordor, the message hit home, "It was very sad what people were doing to other people."

The Children's Museum has been putting on this play every King holiday day for the past 13 years.

They say every year children leave with a better understanding of where they came from and the importance of having this day off.

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