Dr. Martin Luther King, a civil rights activist, was born on January 15, 1929. This year, on Martin Luther King's Day, the Monday following his birthday, January 17th, go out and participate in one of the events honoring Dr King. Make it a day of reflection, sharing, and acknowledgment of others.
900 State Street
Willamette University celebrates Martin Luther King for 10 days with a whole series of events for the whole family. A perfect place to go if you have teenagers. You can find the list at http://www.willamette.edu/dept/oma/mlk/.
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive Oakland, California
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr in music. Attend the concert "In the Name of Love” held on Sunday, Jan. 16th at 7 pm. This year's lineup includes Goapele, Linda Tillery, Terrance Kelly and more. Buy your tickets fast, the event sells out every year.
685 Mission Street at Third Street
San Francisco, California
The Museum will be free on Monday January 17th and a lot of events are planned during the day to celebrate Dr. King. Check out their website to see the list of special events planned for all ages.
557 McReynolds Road
Visit the Museum on January 17th and create a self-portrait to add to their Freedom Bus, listen to a special storytime with books about Dr. King's life and the values he advocated. Quotes from his writing and speeches will be mounted throughout the Museum to help the whole family think about how to celebrate this Holiday. There will be two live performances by SoVoS at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
reviewed on: December 11 2009
We have not been many times to the Bay Area Discovery Museum but every time we did, my children always had a great time. There have often special performances going on. The indoors exhibitions are really interesting and the indoors ones will keep your children busy for a long time while you relax, admiring the view. They are free every December 26th so that is a good moment to check them out,.
"Very charming kid place"
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, California
On Monday January 17th, enjoy free entrance at the museum and explore the exhibition "Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black
Jewish Relations". You can be recorded in live interviews to share your vision for
a better tomorrow. Families can make a "Poem from the Mountain Top" to take
reviewed on: October 13 2009
We really like this museum. I love the downtown location and easy access via public transportation. They have nice exhibitions all the time and there is a nice turnaround. The exhibitions and galleries are small and therefore not overwhelming. I can not remember my children complaining about anything they have seen there. Once, they had an exhibition on Jewish plates and I thought that would be a turn off for my children. They actually loved it. Less is more and I think they always get it right. We loved the Maurice Sendak, Chagall, Andy Warhol exhibitions. Their latest is Curious George saves the Day. Well worth seeing. The CJM team has created a suitcase full of activities to get the children interested in the exhibition and it proves to be a success. My children had a great time exploring the exhibition using the tools provided to them and ended up strolling it on their own, giving me some time to do the same.
"Their exhibitions are always interesting"
225 E. 16th Ave., Suite B-52
Browse the list of projects at www.colorado.gov/gccs and pick one that you would like to contribute your help on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
2601 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, Texas
Make January 17th a day of giving. Teams of 3-20 volunteers will meet for a start-up prayer service to be held at Baker Chapel A.M.E. Church (1050 E. Humbolt Street in Fort Worth). Then, those teams will spread out across the community to volunteer on projects that can be preparing and providing sack lunches for the homeless at First Street Methodist Mission, assembling craft and color packets for children at Cook Children's Hospital, building a volleyball pit at Feed by Grace Ministries, light construction at H.O.P.E. Farm and 1516 Hemphill Outreach, sorting food at the Community Food Bank, sorting clothes at Northside Inter-Church Agency and lending a hand at Presbyterian Night Shelter.
Pick the activity you would like to volunteer as a family and call Robyn Michalove at 817.335.1231 to ask to join that team.
THE MAJESTIC THEATRE ANTIOCH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH OF CH
1925 Elm Street 500 Clay Street Houston, Texas
This is an unusual event for other children to attend but one that can be very inspirational. Children from 15 Dallas elementary school, 4th and 5th graders will recite speeches that will not exceed 5 minutes addressing the topic: How will you carry forward the legacy of Dr. King in your personal and professional life. The free event will start at 11 am to 12:30 pm.
A sister event with children from 24 Houston elementary events will be held at the historic Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Christ in Houston, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
55 12th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Every year the museum offers free admission, refreshments, and craft activities on Martin Luther King Day. Families can participate in the "Martin's Big Words" Learning Safari for preschool children at 10:30, or just stop by throughout the day to see Martin Luther King movies, complete a "History Detectives" scavenger hunt through the galleries, or prepare for a "100 Acts of Kindness" Challenge.
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue Evanston, Illinois
Enjoy the 7th annueal Martin Luther King Celebration on January 16th at 5 pm. The renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God will sing at this free event. They are a 180-member male choral group that will electrify Nichols Concert Hall.
400 Washington Ave.
The Civil Rights Memorial Center will offer free admission all day on January 17th. At 1 pm, there will also be a commemorative service held at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Dr. King preached.
236 West Reade Ave
The university has rounded up lots of events on Monday January 17: speakers, workshops and music. All events are free and open to the public. At 9:00 a.m, former Dodgers pitching Carl Erskinere will recount memories of his friendship with Jackie Robinson. Chapel services at 10:00 a.m. in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium will feature the Taylor Gospel Choir and an address by Dr. Kenneth Young, a faculty member from Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minn All the workshops will be held in the afternoon with a special retelling of of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic I Have a Dream speech.
450 auburn avenue NE
From January 15th to January 23rd, many family events are planned to celebrate one of the city most famous son. Pick the events you want to attend: http://www.nps.gov/malu/upload/January%202010%20Events.pdf. There will be an unique opportunity to hear Dr King’s niece: Dr. Avelda King on Saturday January 16th.
501 Auburn Avenue
Enjoy a visit of the home of Dr King till he was 12. Tours are led every 30 minutes starting at 9:30. Make sure you get your tickets in advance as they go fast.
401 College Avenue
Go to the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel at 7 pm on January 17th to listen to some music by Bryant Jones and Chosen of Chicago, Ill as well as the Ashland University's One Church Worship Experience and University Choir.
The event is free and open to the public.
One Sun Life Executive Park
Building 3, Floor 1 Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
On Monday January 17th, 2011, from 8:00am to 9:30am, Carole Simpson will recount her inspiring relationship with Dr. King and reflect on his legacy. This is a fabulous event for children over the age of 10 to actually meet and hear somebody who actually met Dr. King. Tickets for the event (a breakfast) cost $25. Call 781-235-2739 or 781-237-5202 for reservations.
247 Newbury Street
All day long on January 17th, every Boloco restaurant will have MLK's famous 'I have a dream' speech broadcast on the restaurant television screens. A very original approach to get the family inspired by this inspirational man.