This coming Monday, we as a nation celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many of you probably aren’t in the office on Monday, but just because you can lay around and watch The Price is Right doesn’t mean you shouldn’t honor the day. Take a few minutes to watch the speech to the right. Think about it. And at the very least, check out one of the local places honoring the day:
>>> The National Constitution Center – “In tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Center will join in the 18th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service with service projects, live performances, and craft activities from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. In the spirit of Dr. King, participants who have registered with the Greater Philadelphia Day of Service will participate in a quilting and sewing project that benefits the Women Against Abuse shelter.” Visitors to the NCC on MLK Day will also receive free admission.
>>> The Philadelphia Museum of Art – The PMA is collaborating with “Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), The Cascarones Por La Vida Art Fund, and the African American Children’s Book Project, for visitors to create greeting cards to be donated to MANNA and distributed with more than 70,000 meals.” The PMA will also offer free admission.
>>> The Philadelphia Orchestra – The orchestra will present the Annual MLK Tribute Concert at Martin Luther King High School.
>>> The Please Touch Museum – The special MLK Day activities include Lend a Hand, which “allows children to make quilt pieces which will be sewn into blankets and donated to local shelters and charities.” The museum will also host service themed stories for kids.
>>> The National Museum of American Jewish History – Admission will be free along with events such as a special screening of From Swastika to Jim Crow, which inspired an exhibit, and two interactive MLK Day exhibits.
And of course, the holiday also serves as the MLK Day of Service, projects and information for which can be found here.