Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with $5 Admission
The National Constitution Center will honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifelong dedication to justice, equality, and service for the greater good on Monday, January 21, with discounted $5 admission. Special programs include a moving reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, performed by a diverse ensemble of local actors and students from local colleges, and concerts by Two of a Kind, an award-winning, nationally touring, husband-wife duo. Additional programming includes craft projects, a story corner, and other family-friendly activities. The Center will again join with the Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service for the daylong commemoration.
In the spirit of service emulated by Martin Luther King Jr., the National Constitution Center is also organizing the donation of books and school supplies for Philadelphia school students. Now through Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21, visitors are encouraged to donate newly purchased school supplies, such as pens, pencils, crayons, copy paper, hand sanitizer, folders, and age appropriate books, to the Center’s box office. On January 21, visitors will be invited to assist Center staff and Alex Holley, co-host of FOX 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” sort the supplies in preparation for delivery to the schools and other facilities. Items can be dropped off at the Center’s box office through January 21.
Educational resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service are also available on the National Constitution Center’s website, and include a special episode of the Center’s award-winning video lesson series, Constitution Hall Pass.
Book Drive and School Supplies Service Project
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Constitution Center invites visitors to assist Center staff and Alex Holley, co-host of FOX 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” in assembling school supply kits for local area school children. Kits will be compiled from school supplies that have been donated to the Center in preparation for delivery to Philadelphia classrooms. Visitors making a school supply donation will receive $2 off admission through Sunday, January 20, 2019. Supplies will be donated to the School District of Philadelphia.
Two of a Kind Performance
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.Visitors 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 Martin Luther King Jr., 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.A diverse ensemble of local actors will join students from local colleges to perform a passionate reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. and his Legacy
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.In this engaging program, visitors can learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’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
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At the National Constitution Center’s story corner, Center staff will engage the day’s youngest visitors by reading beloved books about Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day includes access to the National Constitution Center’s interactive main exhibit, The Story of We the People; the signature multimedia, theatrical performance of Freedom Rising presented in the Sidney Kimmel Theater; and the iconic Signers’ Hall, featuring 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.
Visitors also have access to the Center’s feature exhibits, including American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding, an intimate look at the rarest early drafts of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights; Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights, highlighting the three most important documents in American history; and the Center’s new exhibit, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his legendary rivals.