Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American holiday celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Throughout the city of Philadelphia, ceremonies and service projects honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day of giving back to the community through music, volunteering and education.
The National Constitution Center will join together with Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service for a day-long commemoration on January 16, 2017.
Throughout the month of December, the museum will be a drop-off location for a book drive and school supply kits. Items such as pens, pencils, crayons, paper, hand sanitizer and folders for Philadelphia students are welcome. On January 16th, volunteers are needed to help sort supplies in preparation for delivery.
The National Constitution Center also provides the opportunity to learn about MLK and his legacy through performances, a reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and an engaging show about Dr. King’s life.
MLK Weekend Celebration at AAMP
Citizens Bank Park teams up with the African American Museum in Philadelphia to host a weekend of activities to celebrate Dr. King. Admission to the museum this weekend will cost $2, however, guests are asked to bring canned goods to be donated to Philabundance and lightly used business attire to be donated to Career Wardrobe, two Philadelphia-based non-profit organizations doing work in the City year-round in support of those in need.
Activities at AAMP include live performances, hip hop workshops, face painting, a jazz workshop, and a kid-friendly favorite, balloon animals.
The museum also features an exhibit called “Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876” which is open to attendees.
MLK Weekend at the Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum will be hosting activities all weekend, though the times vary Saturday, Sunday and Monday. At the museum, guests have the opportunity to write cards to children at the local children’s hospital. There are also opportunities to decorate squares which will be added to collaborative quilts that will be donated as well.
This is an excellent opportunity to take your children to learn about Dr. King through crafts and a live performance by Hip Hop Fundamental.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Art Museum will also be hosting community activities guests can take part in on Monday. They will be creating art for an organization called MANNA, which gives meals to those with illnesses.
A gospel choir will also perform, and there will be family tours of the museum throughout the afternoon.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
This annual FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert celebrates the life and work of MLK with a free community concert. Bringing together African-American Culture and Western Classical music, the concert is a tribute to Dr. King and his vision of a world free of prejudice and racial divides.
The concert will be held this Monday, January 16 at Girard College Chapel. It is “first come, first served” and doors open at 1 p.m.
If you can’t make it, tune into WRTI 90.1 FM.
Find out more information about the concert here: https://www.philorch.org/mlk-tribute-concert#/
Make good use of your day off and spend it helping out the Philadelphia community!