Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
List ways your class can help in your community this year and plan a day of service for your school.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Constitution Hall Pass Video Lesson
Those who are unable to honor Dr. King in person on January 15th 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!
Lesson Plans and Activities
- Download January’s Civics in Literature Lesson: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
- Breaking Barriers
- “I Have a Dream” Mobiles
At the Museum
The National Constitution Center will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifelong dedication to justice, liberty, and service for the greater good on January 21 with community service projects, special performances, and fun for the whole family. The Center will again join with the Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service for the daylong commemoration.
The National Constitution Center is also organizing the donation of school supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons, copy papers, hand sanitizer, and folders for Philadelphia school students. Items can be dropped off at the Center’s box office through January 21, 2019.
Visitors will receive access to the National Constitution Center’s interactive main exhibit, the signature multimedia, theatrical performance of Freedom Rising presented in the Sidney Kimmel Theater, and the iconic Signers’ Hall. 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 and Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights, showcasing one of 12 original, surviving copies of the Bill of Rights.
Book Drive and School Supplies Kits
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Grand Hall Overlook
In the spirit of service emulated by Dr. King, the museum is organizing the donation of books as well as school supplies, including pens, pencils, crayons, copy papers, hand sanitizer, and folders for Philadelphia school students. Visitors will be invited to help museum staff and Alex Holley, co-host of FOX 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” sort the supplies in preparation for delivery to classrooms. The Center is proud to once again partner with Philadelphia READS for our Supplies Drive. The mission of Philadelphia READS is to "raise a city of readers" through quality out of school time programs focused to get children and youth to read on or above grade level by grade 4.
Our service opportunities are designed to be short projects that guests can complete while visiting the museum. They are not meant to be extended service projects. If you would like to devote a large portion of your day to a volunteering, we recommend visiting http://mlkdayofservice.org/volunteer/ for a full list of projects happing in our area.
Two of a Kind
11 a.m. and 1 p.m., F.M. Kirby Auditorium
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 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 Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Day of Service Story Corner
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby
At the National Constitution Center’s story corner, museum staff will engage the day’s youngest visitors. The Center’s staff will read beloved books about Martin Luther King Jr. Day, like Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan.
Arts and Crafts Activity Tables
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors can create “I Have a Dream…” mobiles and express their dreams for their communities, the country, and the world.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., Main Exhibit
In this engaging program, 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.