MLK: The Assassination Tapes

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(46 minutes) April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King's aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era. Included with museum admission.

Post-film panel discussion follows with
Sandi Mallory, panel moderator and WEAA Director of Public Affairs and Community Engagement and host of Cool Vibes for your Midday
Bernard Kinsey, co-chair of Rebuild Los Angeles, founded after the Rodney King riots
Shirley Kinsey, civil rights activist and philanthropist
Rev. Alvin Hathaway, Pastor, Union Baptist Church
Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, former President of NAACP Baltimore City Branch
Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, community organizer, activist, homemaker, and teacher of history

Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration

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6th Annual High School Juried Art Show

An “Artifactual” Journey: From Slavery to Civil Rights

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Renowned collector Philip J. Merrill was an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. Join us as he shares treasures from his personal collection with us and explores their link to local and state history. Included with museum admission. To register, call 443-263-1816.

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Holiday Craft Ornament Workshop & Root Branch Production Film Screening

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Create ornaments and cards to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa with community artist Sallah Jenkins. Also, enjoy a screening of A Ripple in Time, produced by local youth filmmakers. The movie was created by members of Baltimore's Root Branch Productions, a film academy for young people. The crew conducted part of their research for the film using the museum galleries and Resource Center in summer 2013. They attend a post-screening Q&A. Included with museum admission.

Important Information: 

Special Admission: $1. Part of Downtown Dollar Days

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THIRD THURSDAYS: The Gary Kelly Project

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Enjoy a rollicking blend of jazz, funk, R & B , blues and rock. Grab soul food at our cafe and enjoy it with the show. The Gary Kelly Project is a unique blend of passionate players, styles, and raw emotion. Baltimore based guitarist Gary Kelly brings together a versatile collection of seasoned musicians whose individual contributions form the basis of a multifaceted project.

"The Gary Kelly Project rocked the house...Great night of music!" - Anita Truitt, veengle.com

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Performance begins at 6 p.m.
Special Admission: $5

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Gary Kelly Project

We install at BWI Airport

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On view from October 1, 2013 - January 23, 2014
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

 Baltimore, My Baltimore, Arvie Smith, 2006

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is honored to exhibit pieces from its permanent collection as well as from its past exhibitions at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The busiest airport in the Washington, DC / Baltimore metro area served more than 20 million travelers in 2010. The museum's exhibition is located in the international terminal, Terminal 6. From Harry Evans' colorful Baltimore skylines to Patrick Henry's serene paintings of Maryland's Eastern Shore, the works on view celebrate the varied visual landscape of the State and showcase the creative intellect of artists who have lived and worked in Maryland.

 
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Installation of pieces from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum at BWI Airport

Maryland Emancipation Day Program

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Celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day (November 1, 1864) with the dynamic group Culture Kingdom Kids. This fun troupe provides an afternoon of creative drama, music, and movement. Enjoy craft activities.

Museum admission required.

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Museum admission required.

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Kwanzaa Celebration with Founder of Kwanzaa

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Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa, joins this year's Kwanzaa Celebration to make it extra special. Sankofa Dance Theater entertains us with storytelling and African dancing. Beatboxer Shodekeh joins them for an electrifying, improvised “Drum Talk." An interactive children’s workshop on the principles of Kwanzaa is led by Culture Kingdom Kids. Shop at the African marketplace of crafts, clothing, and more.

12:30pm Dr. Karenga discusses “Celebrating and Living Kwanzaa: Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good.”

1:30pm Shodekeh and Sankofa Drummers
Sankofa Dance Theater brings magic to the harmonies, melodies, rhythms, and vocal styles of the African and African-American musical tradition. Their repertoire spans across time from ancient African calls, chants, and songs to new world hip hop with the rhythmic, pulsating variety of percussion blended to create music… Many percussive sounds become one.

2:30pm Griot Storytelling by Kibibi Ajanku
The Griot is the historian in the African village, but is known as the storyteller in the modern world. Sankofa Dance Theater takes storytelling to new heights by adding a musical backdrop, drama, song, and sometimes dance. Some stories are Old World, taking the listener on a travelogue journey all the way into the village. Others are New World and cutting edge in a way that bridges yesterday, today and tomorrow.

3:30pm Sankofa Dance Theater Showcase Finale
This performance is a celebration of African heritage and showcases authentic traditions of the “Motherland” through music, movement, and folkways. The Company presents five electrifying numbers charged with ethnic authenticity. The dancers and drummers create the magic of “Sankofa” in full traditional African “costumes”, and all music is live percussion…sure to diversify, entertain, and awaken.

Listen to Dr. Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa, speak about the holiday's origins on WEAA with Marsha Reeves Jews December 23, 2013. Download mp3 or click in the box to stream:

Sankofa Dance Theater

Shodekeh, beatboxer

Important Information: 

For details or to participate as a vendor, contact Terry Taylor at Taylor@maamc.org.
Special admission: $5

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Professional Development: African Studies Association (ASA) Teacher’s Workshop

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9 a.m. -2 p.m. Join African Studies scholars and educators for a day of workshops and presentations for K-12 classrooms.

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To participate in a course, please contact Terry Taylor at 443-263-1829 or Taylor@maamc.org to register.

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Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

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Follow the life and times of America’s first shock jock Petey Green, an ex-convict who revolutionized the airwaves in the 1960s and influenced a new generation of broadcast personalities.

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Museum admission required.

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