Celebrate The Legacy of Dr. King at The Center

2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend celebration at the Center

King Weekend 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 from Friday, January 12 to MLK Day (Monday, January 15). In celebration of the contributions and efforts of Dr. King, the Center will feature a host of activities for the whole family including a scavenger hunt, games, and giveaways. We will also unveil our newest exhibit from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection and host our inaugural program, Truth on the Rocks. See below for a list of our programs and activities happening all weekend.

January 12: Truth on the Rocks

Truth on the Rocks

+ Truth on the Rocks | 7PM – 10:30PM | The Center

You’re invited to Truth on The Rocks, where we combine dancing, cocktails and conversation to connect events of history to today. After all, who said history wasn’t fun?

Want to grab a drink and explore our galleries? Be the first to enjoy the newest Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibit? Join in the dance with an Ailey Revelations Celebration workshop? There’s no better place than Truth on the Rocks!

Join us at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Friday, January 12 at 7pm for the inaugural session of Truth on the Rocks. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door!

January 13: FedEx Free Admission Day

FedEx Free Admission Day 1/13/2024

Join us on Saturday, January 13, 2024 as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. King with free admission to the Center, presented by FedEx. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, so we recommend reserving online in advance.

January 13-15

+ King Scavenger Hunt | 12PM – 4PM | Lobby

Guests will receive a King centered Scavenger Hunt at a station beside the front desk. As guests travel throughout the galleries, they will look through the exhibits to find facts about Dr. King and answer their questions. Visitors will have to use critical thinking skills and ingenuity to find the answers. Two scavenger hunts will be available. One for younger children (2-6) that will be more picture based, and another for older children/adults (7 +) that will feature more content. Once completed, guests should make their way to the 3rd floor balcony to receive a special Scavenger Hunt exclusive prize.  

+ King Collage Mural | 12PM – 4PM | 3rd Floor Mezzanine

Guests can use their artistic skills to create a collaborative portrait of Dr. King. Each guest will be given one sheet of paper with a figure on it to design as they want. Once done each person will combine their paper to create a rendition of Dr. King. 

+ King Dream Tapestry | 12PM – 4PM | 3rd Floor Mezzanine

Based on Dr. King’s infamous “I Have A Dream “speech, guests are encouraged to write their own dreams on cloud shaped paper. They can decorate or embellish their dream however they want before giving it to a member of the staff who will hole punch and tie it to other clouds, making it a colorful tapestry. The tapestry will be hung and assembled on the 3rd floor balcony. 

+ King Activity and Coloring Sheets | 12PM – 4PM | 3rd Floor Mezzanine

Activity and coloring sheets will also be made available. These can be completed at the Center or taken home. Included will be a crossword puzzle, a pledge card, and ‘I Have a Dream’ coloring sheets. 

+ Giveaways | Until Supplies Last | 3rd Floor Mezzanine

Activity and coloring sheets will also be made available. These can be completed at the Center or taken home. Included will be a crossword puzzle, a pledge card, and ‘I Have a Dream’ coloring sheets. 

All activities are included with ticket purchases. Click here to learn about our Family 4-pack discounts.

January 15: Special Performance

Alliance Theatre: Dear Dr. King Collision Project | 11 AM | NCCHR

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with emerging artist from the Alliance Theatre’s Palefsky Collision Project as they reimagine their summer performance through the lines of the letters to Dr.King. This event is free with a ticket purchase to The Center.

New Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibit

We invite you to visit The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and view our 2024 rotation of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, We Who Believe in Freedom: 1964–A Transformative Year in Civil Rights

The Center commemorates 1964 as a milestone year for the American civil rights movement. Join us as we look back at the grassroots efforts of Freedom Summer activists in Mississippi, remember the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act effectively ending Jim Crow segregation in the United States, and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic win as the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, firmly placing the movement on the world stage.

We Who Believe in Freedom: 1964–A Transformative Year in Civil Rights opens at The Center on the January 12, 2024. See below to purchase tickets.