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Providence Children's Museum on Jan. 21 for a unique and powerful celebration of the life of the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. This special event features movies, songs, and interactive exhibits that helps bring the message of the movement to children. First, the Civil Rights movement comes to life in provocative performances of "M.L.K.: Amazing Grace" at 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Actors Rochel Coleman, Jackie Davis and Rafini portray Civil Rights activists Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks and more in this moving show. Coleman wrote and directs the show and has performed it at schools and other venues throughout the country. He emphasizes that, despite its serious subject, "M.L.K." is not all grave and solemn; the production includes a number of light moments of repartee and song with its important message. From 12 to 4 p.m., families can also browse an exhibit of photographs, text and a selection of carefully chosen books about the American Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence. Visitors can choose to participate in a thought-provoking interactive exploration of the negative power of discrimination, during which they don colored tags and encounter "red only" and "green only" labels throughout the Museum. Educators will be on hand to talk to families following this provocative exercise and invite them to record their responses. This powerful, popular annual celebration at the Museum offers an educational and hands-on approach to learning about the work and times of Dr. King and other activists who took a stand against injustice, and gives families a valuable opportunity to discuss the difficult subject of racial discrimination. Mon., Jan. 21, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ages 5 and up. $9 per person. Providence Children's Museum, 100 South St., Providence, RI. www.childrenmuseum.org
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a kindergartner and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.