Photo courtesy of Ernest C. Withers Family Trust and Decaneas Archive.
Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- a time to honor and celebrate the life and work of a man who helped change the world with both his words and actions. Striving for peace, inclusion, and harmony between all people, King's words and example of non-violent protest have inspired generations and his legacy continues today. Join the celebration at one (or more) of the following:
"Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast," Belmont High School, 221 Concord Ave., Belmont. Mon., Jan. 21, 8:45 - 11 a.m. Share community, music, and food and listen to a thought-provoking guest speaker: Callie Crossley, WGBH Radio and TV, 'Out of the Mountain of Despair a Stone of Hope.' Guest artist: Regie Gibson, National Poetry Slam Champion. Supervised activities for children under 11. $5; $10 per family at door. www.belmontagainstracism.org
"MLK and Signs of Freedom," Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston. Ongoing, through Feb. 28. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This new installation celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King and other heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Photographs and more are reminders of organized peaceful resistance, including sit-ins, freedom rides, strikes, boycotts, marches and other actions to acquire citizenship rights. $5; ages 13-17, $3; under 12 free. www.maah.org
"MLK Day Open House," Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Mon, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. The day will be filled with special programming and activities for all ages. Highlights include films, art-making, activities, and live performances throughout the Museum. Free. www.mfa.org
"MLK Day: Children of the World Doll Workshop," ArtBeat, 212A Mass. Ave, Arlington. Mon., Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making a doll from anywhere in the world. Ages 8 and up (younger with adult helper). Groups of 3 or more should reserve in advance. $15 per person, includes all materials. www.artbeatonline.com
"Martin Luther King Day," Children's Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., Easton. Mon., Jan. 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate diversity and the life of MLK by working together to build a community, through research, planning, and by using Legos and other materials in the museum. $7.50; under one and members free. www.childrensmuseumineaston.org
"A Day of Service and Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. Mon., Jan. 21, 11 a.m. open to public; 1 p.m. concert. Boston's 11th annual tribute to Dr. King features music students from BYSO's Intensive Community Program and the distinguished leaders will evoke the power and promise of the civil rights hero by reading from his Emancipation Proclamation Centennial Address delivered in New York City in 1962. The event also will recognize the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech delivered in 1963 in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Free. www.cityofboston.gov/arts
"Celebrating MLK," Providence Children's Museum, 100 South St., Providence, RI. Mon., Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stories, songs, performances, exhibits and interactive exploration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. $9. www.childrenmuseum.org
"Martin Luther King Day Free Family Open House," Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union St., Framingham. Mon, Jan. 21, 1-4 p.m. Gallery tours, hands-on art activities and more. Free. Register in lobby on day of program. www.danforthmuseum.org
"Celebrate the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.," Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Mon., Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m. Join us on this significant day and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Create a self-portrait to add to a community mural, complete with your dreams and words of friendship and peace. $11. www.discoverymuseums.org
"10th Annual Boston Children's Chorus MLK Concert," Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Mon., Jan. 21, 7 p.m.. This annual concert celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who envisioned a nation of unity and peace, one where all people stand together as equals in harmony. $15 - $45. www.necmusic.org
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