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Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Day will be held on Monday, January 18th


10:00am – 5:00pm with free admission for all.


NMAJH honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day filled with family-friendly activities.

Take a self-guided tour of our permanent exhibition or join a docent-led spotlight talk on the Civil Rights Movement.


Enjoy the melodious voices of the Sister Cities Girl Choir on the 3rd floor atrium at 11:00am, where young girls will sing in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s commitment to service, advocacy, and non-violence. It will be followed by two interactive drumming sessions on the concourse, led by Drummers With Attitude a dynamic middle and high school percussion group, at 11:30am and 2:30pm.


View the enlightening documentary From Swastika to Jim Crow, the story of Jewish intellectuals who escaped Nazi Germany in the 1930s and found acceptance and employment at traditionally black colleges in the segregated South.


Listen to diverse poets and spoken word artists in our café, in an open mic poetry reading focusing on freedom and civil rights in partnership with Moonstone Arts Center, from 3:00pm until closing.


We will be holding a book drive and fundraiser for The Right Books Campaign which  partners with the School District of Philadelphia to improve student literacy. Please consider contributing to this effort; contact Vera DaVinci for more information.


All day, the Freedom Family Corner will be open on the 2nd floor by the windows, where families can find a toddler-friendly area with story-time, arts and crafts, and a play area.


Schedule of Activities


11:00: "Sing for Peace" performance by the Sister Cities Girl Choir, 3rd floor atrium.


12:30-1:00: Drummers with Attitude performance, concourse. 


1:00-2:00: Screening of From Swastika to Jim Crow (2000), Dell Theater.


2:30-3:00: Drummers with Attitude performance, concourse. 


3:00-4:00: Screening of From Swastika to Jim Crow (2000), Dell Theater.


3:00-5:00: Open-mic poetry slam in partnership with Moonstone Arts Center, Pomegranates Café.


All day events:


On the hour, starting at 11:00: Docent-led gallery discussions, Freedom Now gallery on the 2nd floor.


Book Drive in partnership with Right Books Campaign, front desk.

Freedom Family Corner, 2nd floor.

Event type:Family-friendly