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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 from Thursday, January 12 to MLK Day (Monday, January 16). In celebration of the contributions and efforts of Dr. King the Center will feature a host of activities for the whole family including a dance performance, story time, games, and giveaways. All activities are included with ticket purchases. Click here to learn about our Family 4-pack discounts!
+ Story Time and Activity | 12PM – 4PM | 3rd Floor Mezzanine
Young visitors will have the opportunity to experience story time and read long with, “Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?” by Lisbeth Kaiser and Stanley Chow. The book is an overview of Dr. King’s life for young children, and connects The Center’s newest Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection exhibit, Now Is the Time: Remembering the Legacy of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to King’s I Have a Dream speech. We link the book and theme through a crossword puzzle activity based on the speech.
+ King Activity Card
The King Pledge card will be given to all ages and inspires all to act. On one side is an Acts of Service Challenge, where several prompts will inspire the visitor to help their community. The other side features an activity where visitors can choose what Dr. King stood for, alongside a QR code that has an animated version of the I Have a Dream speech (from Center partner Stanford University.)
+ Children’s Giveaway | 12PM – 4PM | 3rd Floor Mezzanine
Giveaways will also be provided for the King celebration. The Center will hand out out cards, buttons, pencils, and notebooks.
**Activities on Sunday, January 15, will begin at 12:30**
+ Collision Performance | 11:00 am | Glenn Room
The Alliance Theater Collision project is returning to The Center for the first time after the COVID break. They will perform in the Glenn room at 11 am (Only once). The performance, entitled Dear Dr. King, will feature young artists from the Palefsky Collision Project coming together to perform a dance about their letters to Dr. King.
+ King Activity Card
The King Pledge card will be given to all ages and inspires all to act. One side features an Acts of Service Challenge, where several prompts will inspire the visitor to help their community. The other side includes an activity where visitors can choose what Dr. King stood for, alongside a QR code that has an animated version of the I Have a Dream speech (from Center partner Stanford University.)
+ King Scavenger Hunt | 3rd Floor Mezzanine
As families go through the second and third floors, they will find answers to questions relating to Dr. King. Visitors will have to use critical thinking skills and ingenuity to find the answers. Two scavenger hunts will be available. One for younger children that will be more picture based, and another for older children/adults that will be more text based.
+ Children’s Giveaway | 3rd Floor Mezzanine
Giveaways will also be provided for the King celebration. The Center will be handing out cards, buttons, pencils, and notebooks.
Join us at The Center on January 13, for the launch of The Center’s newest biannual rotation from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.
Now Is the Time: Remembering the Legacy of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom presented during the 60th anniversary year of the March, seeks to transport you to August 28, 1963, when 250,000 Americans of all backgrounds and all parts of the country gathered on the National Mall to demand civil and economic rights. In its aftermath, the March would come to “transform the national landscape” and provide Americans with a new concept of the American dream, as defined by Dr. King’s soaring, iconic, and improvised words: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
The exhibit will be featured in The Center’s Voice to the Voiceless Gallery from January 13- June 2023.
Please see below for additional celebrations happening around The Center and the metro Atlanta area.
+ The Time is Now: Truth, Transformation and Triumphs | January 12| NCCHR
Join Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; National Center for Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Jill Savitt; scholar, activist and historian Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris; and National Director of AileyCamp Nasha Thomas for a discussion moderated by NBC News Correspondent Blayne Alexander spotlighting projects that are revealing truth, awakening transformation, and recognizing triumphs on the march to freedom. In the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr., the “Now is the Time…” exhibition at The Center furthers a mission of inspiring people to tap their own power to create a world with justice and dignity for all. Doors open at 6PM. Panel discussion begins at 6:30 PM. Register here.
+ Beloved Community Global Summit | January 12 &13 | Virtual
Join The King Center for the 2023 Beloved Community Global Summit, as a part of the 2023 King Holiday Observance! The summit will focus on the need for humanity to work towards creating a more just, humane, equitable, and peaceful world, where the triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism cease to exist and love prevails. Participants may register for a limited number of in-person tickets or join via interactive livestream. The in-person events will take place at The King Center in Atlanta. All sessions will be available via livestream on The King Center’s website, YouTube channel, and social media platforms. Registration, which is free, ensures access to Summit materials and post Summit engagement. Click here to learn more.
+ Sunday Supper | January 15 | The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Housing was a crucial part of Dr. King’s vision for economic justice. Corporate and community leaders from across Atlanta will convene at The Center for Hands on Atlanta’s 9th Annual MLK Sunday Supper. An intimate vulnerable experience, the dinner features thought provoking guided conversations about equitable and affordable housing in Atlanta. Click here to learn more.