In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Philadelphia’s biggest museums will be hosting a plethora of events as a tribute to Dr. King. Many of these events will include different activities that will service those in need in Philadelphia, while others will help to educate the public on the life and achievements of one of the most prominent Civil Rights activists in history. Here are 5 ways to honor MLK Day:
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Arts & Service Workshop at the PMA
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be open from 10 am to 5 pm with pay-what-you-wish admission for all. After you take a look at all there is to see at the PMA, you’re invited to create your own work of art which will be donated to Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance and the Cascarones Por la Vida Art Fund.
2. Sharing the Heritage! Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration & Day of Service at the African American Museum
Citizens Bank Foundation will be pairing up with the African American Museum to present guests with a day of service and to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King. The museum will be offering free admission all day long, and will be open from 11 am – 5 pm. While the museum will be open to explore the exhibitions, a series of break dance workshops will also take place.
3. 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Kimmel Center
The Kimmel Center will host their annual tribute to MLK in the Perelman Theater with performances that bring together over 100 participants from more than 500 area high schools and middle schools. The afternoon performance will include D/3, PHILADANCO’s youth ensemble, and other live performances. The event is free and open to the public from 11 am – 12:30 pm.
4. Martin Luther King Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary
The Eastern State Penitentiary will be opening their doors for a weekend honoring Dr. King. Guests will be able to listen to actors read one the most influential letters written by MLK, the Letter from Birmingham Jail. The readings will be free to the public. Guests will also be able to take a guided tour through the penitentiary, however these tours will feature a Civil Rights perspective, meaning guests will learn how the Civil Rights movement affected prisoners at Eastern State Penitentiary, and how the prisoners responded to Dr. King’s assassination. For the tour, regular admission prices apply.
5. MLK Day at the National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center will be welcoming visitors to the museum for free all day long in honor of MLK Day and Inauguration Day. Guests will enjoy live music, trivia, service projects, exhibitions and other great activities. Local actors and college students will also be reading the legendary I have a Dream speech at 1 pm. The celebration will run from 10 am – 5 pm.