Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 15, 2016

Do-Now Discussion

List ways your class can help in your community this year and plan a day of service for your school.

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s lifelong dedication to justice, equality, and service for the greater good, the National Constitution Center will once again join with Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service for a daylong commemoration on Monday, January 15, 2016.  

The museum’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities are part of a series of Macy’s Family Days at the Constitution Center.  Admission on January 19, 2015 will be $5, courtesy of Macy’s Inc.—visitors will receive access to the museum and all activities in connection with the important civic holiday.

Service Projects
•    In the spirit of service emulated by Dr. King, the museum will serve as a drop-off point for those who wish to donate school supplies including pens, pencils, crayons, copy papers, hand sanitizer and folders for Philadelphia public schools. The collection will begin in late December. On January 19th, guests will be invited to help museum staff sort the supplies in preparation for delivery to the schools.
•    Also part of the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the museum will serve as the host location for a quilting and sewing service project that benefits Women Against Abuse. This activity is available to participants who have pre-registered with the Greater Philadelphia Day of Service.
•    Visitors are invited to sew pillows for the shelter in the museum’s Grand Hall Lobby. Women Against Abuse is 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
Children and their families 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.
•    Unity Choir Performance
3 p.m.
Grand Hall
A Unity Choir will perform, comprising voices from congregations around New Jersey: Antioch Baptist Church, Congregation M’kor Shalom, Har Sinai Temple, H.E.R.I.T.A.G.E., Inc., Kerygma, First Baptist, Morningstar Baptist Church, and Bethel Baptist Church. The ensemble will sing music that ranges from the most high-spirited gospel music to stimulating songs of freedom and uplifting Jewish folk music.

Educational Programs and Activities
•    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Legacy
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
Visitors can create “I Have A Dream…” mobiles and express their dreams for their communities, the country and the world.


On-line Activities
Those who are unable to honor Dr. King in person on January 19th are encouraged to tune in to a special episode of the Constitution Center’s popular educational video series Constitution Hall Pass titled “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy of Service.”

Have a question about Dr. King’s impact or how you can become civically engaged? Educators and museum staff members will be available to answer questions via live chat, Thursday, January 15 – Friday, January 16, 2015, and Monday, January 19, 2016 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST at 

Constitution Hall Pass

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy of Service

Air Date: January 15 – 19, 2016

Live Chat: Thursday, January 15 – Friday, January 16, 2016, and Monday, January 19, 2016 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST at 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw himself as a servant of humanity, and he wanted his life to be remembered as a life of service to others. In this episode, we'll look at Dr. King’s legacy of service. We’ll explore how his use of nonviolence was not just a political tool, but a way to demonstrate service to others. Get ready to learn about some of the other activists who drew their inspiration from Dr. King. And we’ll even learn about ways that you can serve your community. Join us as we honor the memory of this great American by talking about service!

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