Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 18, 2016

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2016


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 18, 2016

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 18, 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 18, 2016 will be $5, courtesy of Macy’s—visitors will receive access to the museum and all activities in connection with the important civic holiday.

Service Projects
•    Book Drive and School Supplies Kits

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook
In the spirit of service emulated by Dr. King, the museum will serve as a drop-off point 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. The collection will begin in December; items can be dropped off at the Center’s box office.  On January 18th, visitors will be invited to help museum staff sort the supplies in preparation for delivery to the schools and other facilities.  
•    Pillow Making Project
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook
The museum’s will also host a project that benefits Women Against Abuse, a local nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, advocacy, and education to victims of domestic violence.  Visitors are invited to sew pillows for the shelter.
•    Quilt Making Project
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
School Lunch Room
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 also benefits Women Against Abuse.
This activity is only available to participants who have pre-registered—all 2016 spots are currently filled.  

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.

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.
•    Day of Service Story Corner
Center staff will engage our youngest visitors at our Story Corners, we we’ll read beloved books about Martin Luther King Day of Service, like Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan.


Constitution Hall Pass
 Those who are unable to honor Dr. King in person on January 18th 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.”

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!

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 14 – Friday, January 15, 2015, and Monday, January 18, 2016 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST at 

Lesson Plans and Activities

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