Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 16, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Event Admission: FREE with museum admission

In honor of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Constitution Center will participate in the city-wide celebration on Monday, January 16, 2012.  From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors of all ages can enjoy musical and dramatic performances and special craft activities.

In the spirit of Dr. King, visitors also can participate in a quilting and sewing service project for the Women Against Abuse shelter.  Participants will learn how quilting has brought communities together throughout history.

At 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium, visitors can take part in a sing-along concert with “Two of a Kind,” an award-winning, nationally touring, husband-wife duo who specialize in interactive musical programs for children.  The performance will focus on themes related to Martin Luther King, Jr. through songs, sign-language, movement, and stories, all with an emphasis on interaction and participation.

In addition, students from local colleges and local actors will read aloud Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech at 12:00 p.m.  Children also will have the opportunity to make special crafts, including a “Hands across the World” chain and “I Have a Dream” mobiles. 

The International Opera Theater will present a selection from their recently developed opera about diversity at 3:00 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium.  Volunteers can register in advance at http://www.mlkdayofservice.org/ to participate in service projects at the Center.  For more information  about the diversity opera click on .internationaloperatheater.org/iot