6 Ways to Celebrate MLK Day With Kids

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with your kids with online events and activities this weekend.

A few options:

BAM: 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This annual celebration to honor the iconic civil right leader – the largest event of its kind in New York City – has been a BAM tradition since 1990, and is presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President and Medgar Evers College.

It will feature a keynote speech from Alicia Garza and has world-renowned activists and civic leaders alongside musicians and other performers.

Monday, January 18th at 11AM EST.
Register here

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Memphis’ National Civil Rights Museum’s “A Virtual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

“The event will showcase Dr. King’s work, the history of how the national holiday came to be, as well as how the museum has celebrated the holiday in years past.

The online celebration will feature musical performances by Memphis musicians Garry Goin, TykeT, Karen Brown, Adajyo and many more. Dr. Hasan Jeffries, Associate Professor at Ohio State University and editor of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, will give scholarly insight on Dr. King life and legacy. For young viewers, museum educator Dory Lerner will share a “Small But Mighty Storytime” reading of the book My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart written by Angela Farris Watkins. The storytime session is sponsored by Macy’s. The program will also highlight perspectives from museum volunteers and staff.”

Monday, January 18 at 12PM and 6PM CST (1PM and 7PM EST ]
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North Carolina’s Levine Museum of the New South invites you to reflect on the impact of Dr. King’s legacy with their MLK DAY! Virtual Family Day Celebration which includes:

“music, spoken word performances, storytime, visual art reflections, historical insights by Dr. Willie Griffin, and a reflective moment from Bernice A. King about the role of her mother, Coretta Scott King.

Also Featuring: Spoken Word by Hannah Hassan and ARTS+/Studio 345 students, Mary D. Williams (gospel singer and historian), Live From The Print Shop featuring music by Destiny Stone, Braxton Winston with the story behind Stevie Wonder’s happy birthday song, and Pastor Kelvin Thompson and the Bal Perazim Ensemble.”

Monday, January 18th at 6PM EST
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Young Dancers on a Poster for a "MLK Day!" for Families

CAAM (California African American Museum) has their MLK Day Celebration 2021

This event begins with a Musical Welcome from the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA), the largest majority Black orchestra in America,

“Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day immersed in music, culture, and community. This year’s virtual festival highlights MLK’s dedication to labor and workers’ rights, and these movements’ continued importance today. Enjoy these vibrant programs and activities for all ages.”

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10 PST (1PM EST)
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Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum invites you to their “Online Family Program: Songwriting 101: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“If you could change the world through song, what would you change and what would you say to inspire that change? Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement he led inspired songs promoting freedom and justice, including Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’. In this introductory workshop, join a museum educator on Zoom to write a song as a group. Music professionals Adam Ollendorff and Kyshona Armstrong will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. “

Saturday, January 16th at 11:30AM CST (1PM EST)
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Headland’s “Healdsburg Jazz” presents “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Through the Eyes of Children

“The concert is 1-hour music and spoken word performance inspired by and dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the music of the Civil Rights Movement. We are excited to do this in collaboration with Stanford‘s King Research & Education Institute, led by Professor Clayborne Carson who was selected in 1985 by Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband.

We are honored to feature two amazing vocalists Kim Nalley and Tiffany Austin, who have each championed freedom songs and black liberation music their entire careers.”

Friday, January 15, 2021, at 7PM PST (10PM EST)
& Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 12PM PST (2PM EST).
Register here.

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