Philadelphia, PA – The National Constitution Center will honor Martin Luther King's lifelong dedication to justice, liberty, and service for the greater good on January 16, 2017 with community service projects, special performances and fun for the whole family. The Constitution Center will again join with the Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service for the daylong commemoration.
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is also serving as a drop-off location for donations of school supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons, copy papers, hand sanitizer and folders for Philadelphia school students. Items can be dropped off at the Constitution Center’s box office through January 16, 2017.
The museum’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day programs are part of a series of Macy’s Family Days at the Constitution Center. Admission on January 16, 2017 will be $5, courtesy of Macy’s—visitors will receive access to the museum and all activities.
In addition to the events hosted at the museum, the Constitution Center will participate in the Kids Carnival and Civic Engagement Expo at the Day of Service Signature Site at Girard College.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Programs Service Projects Book Drive and School Supplies Kits 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Grand Hall Overlook In the spirit of service emulated by Dr. King, the museum will serve as a drop-off location for those who wish to donate books as well as school supplies including pens, pencils, crayons, copy papers, hand sanitizer and folders for Philadelphia school students. Visitors will be invited to help museum staff and Alex Holley, co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” on FOX 29, sort the supplies in preparation for delivery to the schools and other facilities, including Women Against Abuse, a local nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, advocacy, and education to victims of domestic violence.
Special Performances Two of a Kind 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., F.M. Kirby Auditorium
Visitors can sing along with “Two of a Kind,” an award-winning, nationally touring, husband-wife duo, during an interactive musical program. Focusing on themes related to Dr. King, the performance will encourage audience participation through songs, sign language, movement, and stories.
“I Have a Dream” Speech 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., F.M. Kirby Auditorium A diverse ensemble of local actors will join students from local colleges to perform a passionate reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech. The 12 p.m. reading will include a performance by the Sister Cities Girlchoir. Modeled after Venezuela’s monumental music program, El Sistema, the Girlchoir is a music-for-social-change program targeting adolescent girls. The tuition-free choral training academy offers an intensive musical curriculum, unique performance opportunities, peer mentoring, a wellness curriculum, and visits from world-class musicians and artists.
Educational Programs and Activities Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., Main Exhibit In this engaging show, visitors can learn about Dr. King’s vision of himself as an agent of service, how that understanding led him to the use of nonviolence, and how other leaders from around the world were influenced by his legacy. Visitors will also discover ways they can serve their own communities.
Craft Activity Tables 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby Visitors can create “I Have a Dream...” mobiles and express their dreams for their communities, the country and the world.
Day of Service Story Corner 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby At the National Constitution Center’s Story Corner, museum staff will engage the youngest visitors. The Constitution Center’s staff will read beloved books about Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, like Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan.
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