Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 15, 2018

Do-Now Discussion

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


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 15, 2018

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, 2018.  

The museum’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities are part of a series of Macy’s Family Days at the Constitution Center.  

Book Drive and School Supplies Kits
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 15th, visitors will be invited to help museum staff sort the supplies in preparation for delivery to the schools and other facilities.  

Two of a Kind Performance
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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.
A diverse ensemble of local actors will join students from local colleges to perform a passionate reading of the “I Have a Dream” Speech.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Legacy
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
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
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.
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 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!

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 chats at 

Lesson Plans and Activities

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