Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day and Philadelphia has a wonderful array of opportunities for children and families to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and his dream and to participate in service through out the city.
The 16th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is taking place Monday Jan. 17th with a number of ways to get involved. See the website for full details. The King Day of Service was launched in Philadelphia in 1996 with about 1,000 volunteers, primarily Philadelphia school students. Last year the Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service reported that more than 70,000 volunteers worked on 1,100 projects across the area — the nation’s largest observation of this event. Another great turnout is expected this year across the Delaware Valley, says Todd Bernstein, director of the Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service.
In honor of the life & legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Constitution Center participates in a city-wide celebration, featuring sing-along concerts with family music group Two of a Kind, quilting & sewing service projects, historical programs, crafts & a dramatic reading of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Celebrate the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King at Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum. Write dreams onto flame-shaped paper & add your own “beacon of light” to create a giant “Flame of Dreams.”
The Gallery at Market East Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday Jan. 17
Gallery at Market East
Point Breeze Performing Arts Center & The Gallery at Market East present dance & musical performances highlighting the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Citizens Bank Foundation has donated $25,000 to the African American Museum in Philadelphia to underwrite the museum’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 17, 2011. The foundation grant will provide free admission to the museum, as well as special events, including the Citizens Bank Scavenger Hunt for Heritage designed to help children learn about the museum and African American history. The Scavenger Hunt for Heritage is a fun and educational activity that will help children explore and experience the museum. More than 50 Citizens Bank volunteers will help guide children through their list of clues to find specific artifacts. Each child who brings a completed list to the Citizens Bank table in the museum will receive a copy of Martin’s Big Words, a picture-book biography of the civil rights leader, compliments of Citizens Bank. Scavenger hunt participants will also receive a special commemorative patch compliments of AAMP.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
Monday Jan. 17
African American Museum in Philadelphia
A clown from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King & preview the upcoming show at the Wells Fargo Center. The clown will share how he has been afforded the opportunities he has today through the efforts of King. Families can learn the history of African American performers in the circus & see clown make-up being applied.
This annual free community concert celebrates the life & spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert features Symphony No. 3 by Florence Price, the first black woman to win widespread recognition as a symphonic composer, and other works. Charlotte Blake Alston reads the writings of King over a performance of Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Outstanding Philadelphia high school seniors will be recognized for their academic & personal achievements. Free tickets available at the office of State Rep. Dwight Evans, 7174 Ogontz Ave., Phila. (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm), at Martin Luther King High School, or online at www.philorch.org/mlk