Celebrate The Legacy of Dr. King at The Center

Join The National Center for Civil and Human Rights as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with activities and programs on his birthday (Saturday, January 15) and on MLK Day (Monday, January 17). Featured activities and programs include interactive story times, visual artist talkbacks, spoken word performances, and more!

January 15th

Enjoy a day full of activities for the family including interactive storytelling with children’s author Mama Koku; spoken word performances from Emmy-nominated author, poet, and playwright Jon Goode in The Center’s Mezzanine; visual artist talkbacks and more. The schedule of events is below:

  • 11:00am-11:15am Mama KoKu Interactive Story Time
  • 11:45am-11:55am Visual Artist Talk
  • 12:00pm-12:15pm Mama KoKu Interactive Story Time
  • 12:20pm-12:30pm Spoke Word with Jon Goode
  • 12:45pm-12:55pm Visual Artist Talk
  • 1:20pm-1:30pm Spoken Word with Jon Goode
  • 2:45pm-2:55pm Visual Artist Talk
  • 3:20pm-3:30pm Spoken Word with Jon Goode
  • 3:45pm-3:55pm Visual Artist Talk


All activities are included with general admission.

January 17th

  • Visit The Center’s permanent galleries and installations including Fragments (a stunning illuminated installation featuring King’s handwriting and phrases), the Voice to the Voiceless gallery featuring the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, Rolls Down Like Water that immerses visitors in sights, sounds and interactive displays depicting the courage of groups and individuals working for equality for all during the American Civil Rights Movement; and Spark of Conviction, which enables visitors to make connections to the world of human rights. 
  • Explore The Center’s digital exhibition We Share the Dream: King’s Beloved Community, which examines Dr. King’s ideals behind his vision of the Beloved Community that provided a foundation of action for subsequent movements throughout the 1960’s and 70’s including women’s liberation, LGBTQ rights, and the labor movement. 


All activities are included with general admission.

Health & Safety Guidelines

COVID-19 health & safety guidelines remain in place onsite including requiring masks for visitors, volunteers, and employees, as well as timed entry and limited capacity to reduce exposure. For more information on The Center’s health & safety protocols, visit this page