2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration
The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation, and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. These milestones underscore our MLK Birthday Weekend Celebration. With a theme of service, the museum commemorates Dr. King with music, performances, lectures, and more January 18-20. The programming targets a broad range of audiences: educators, teens, families, and the corporate community. The weekend culminates on Dr. King's birthday January 20 with a special museum admission of $5.
Saturday January 18
10am — Lecture: An Educators' Guide to The Kinsey Collection
Bernard Kinsey, collector, will lead educators from around Maryland through the current exhibition, The Kinsey Collection. Mr. Kinsey will lecture on the "myth of absence" of African Americans in American history. Teachers will receive lesson plans on using pieces from The Kinsey Collection, such as an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, to teach history and civil rights. RSVP online for free admission to museum and event.
12pm — Living History: Rosa Parks
Master Storyteller Janice Curtis Greene brings the courage of Rosa Parks alive for kids and families. Children are invited to join in a children's civil rights march after the program.
2pm — Lecture: Mentoring our Way to Better Communities
Bernard, Shirley and Khalil's service to others have earned them accolades as mentors. The Kinsey family will speak to mentors and mentees on the importance of knowing one's past in order to move towards a brighter future. RSVP online for free admission to museum and event.
Sunday January 19
2pm — Film and Panel MLK: The Assassination Tapes
Dr. King's assassination was recorded on video, tape recorder and camera. Why have we seen so little of it? View a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage in this documentary. A panel discussion follows with experts from the worlds of civil rights and history. They help us understand what progress we have made since one of the most shocking assassinations in American history.
Monday January 20
12-4pm — Birthday Celebration!
Special museum admission: $5. Schedule:
12:30pm: Actor David Mills stirs audiences with a living history performance of Dr. King.
1pm: The MLK Streets Project film screening. Follow a group of teens across America as they visit the sobering conditions of streets named after the civil rights hero.
2:30pm: Singing Sensation Youth Choir. The talented youth have performed at the Mormon Tabernacle Square, warm us with their harmonies.
3pm — Lecture: Keynote Speech by Bernard Kinsey
Collector Bernard Kinsey discusses artifacts from his personal collection, such as a signed letter from Dr. King, that narrate in real terms the history of civil rights and Jim Crow laws. The artifacts are on view through March 2 at the museum as part of The Kinsey Collection exhibition.
The Kinsey Collection:
Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey
Where Art and History Intersect