10 Community-Based Events To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2016

Community Celebrates MLK Day Across the Region

Herman Hiller / New York World-Telegram & Sun - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c16775

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Next week, the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th offers families a three-day weekend – a treasure that can be used to catch up on sleep, housework, and homework, or to honor the legacy of Dr. King by engaging in meaningful community-based learning opportunities. Families can take advantage of this special day honoring Dr. King’s work and lasting impact on our country by taking part in community celebrations, giving their time to be part of a day of service, or attending educational screenings and performances.  Read the rest of this entry »

MLK Jr. Day Celebrations for Families/Community in Western MA

Celebrations on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Western MA

MLK Jr. Kid's Celebration at the Florence Community Center in Florence, MA on Monday, January 17th from 10am-12Noon for kids 2-6yo. Also at 10am, across the street from the Florence Community Center, a guided tour of Florence's African American History will begin at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Stature - great history opportunity for older students.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

9am-2pm in Greenfield: MLK Day Celebration. Join Community Action Youth Programs for the MLK Day Family Event at the 2nd Congregational Church (16 Court Square). This event has been organized by Shout Out! Greenfield. The day will include: Conflict Resolution Workshops focusing on race, facilitated by Sasha Alexander Goldberg and Sheila Petingy; Full family style luncheon (vegan friendly); Local performers including the Franklin County Technical School’s Drum and Bugle Squad; Youth Speakers focusing on the powerful messages of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. RSVP 774-7028 x655 (FREE)

9:30-4pm in Sturbridge: Old Sturbridge Village presents “Honoring a Slave Heroine: The Mumbet Story” as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities at 1pm. The performance is based on the true story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, a young slave woman who won her freedom in court in 1781, citing language in the Massachusetts constitution: “all men are born free and equal.”All MLK Jr. Day programs at Old Sturbridge Village are included in the cost of admission to the museum. For more information: 800-SEE-1830; http://www.osv.org (FREE child admission when accompanied by an adult)

10am-12Noon in Florence: MLK Jr Children’s Celebration at the Florence Community Center (140 Pine St.) for kids 2-6yo. Dancing, drumming, arts & crafts and singing. (Donations accepted, but not required.)

10am in Florence: Walking tour of Florence’s African American History. Steve Strimer will lead the community on a guided tour. Meet at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue (Park/Pine St. corner) 584-8974 (FREE)

1pm in Springfield: Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Springfield Museum with Black History Laser Tribute by Prismatic Magic – Celebrate the contributions of African-Americans in this musical retrospective that features toe-tapping songs from legends such as Louie Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin. The show evolves into a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with his powerful “I Have a Dream” address. The performance ends with a medley of current pop artists of various ethnicities who have been inspired by the musical legends featured earlier in the program. 263-6800 http://www.springfieldmuseums.org (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Resources to Explore MLK & the Civil Rights Movement

“I Have A Dream” Speech

Families interested in discovering more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement with their children might enjoy the following resources:

  • FamilyEducation.com has Martin Luther King Jr Day Activities and Resources for Kids
  • Kaboose.com has a great list of Black History Links
  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights is a lesson on Scholastic.com that describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Kodak.com offers a photo display titled Powerful Days in Black & White
  • PBS.com has a companion site to the American Experience program about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Citizen King
  • Lest We Forget: Images From the Civil Rights Movement is a collection of portraits of civil right leaders by 20th century artist Robert Templeton
  • HFVS Peace Episode has a good selection of peace themed songs, appropriate for MLK Day.
  • Please share resources you’ve discovered too and leave us a comment.


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