January 16 (Monday)
Martin Luther King Day
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In celebration of the 88th birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., you and your family are invited to enjoy free programming on this national holiday, including art activities, speakers, and films
12:30-3pm • Visions and Voices
Discover the themes and social issues presented in the Museum’s current exhibitions Allentown X 7 and Building Bridges when we create community projects that show how each and every one of us has a unique voice and vision to present in our society.
noon–2:30pm • Story Station
Museum staff will lead visitors through a reflective exercise designed to create a short piece of storytelling art inspired by the words of Dr. King. Each session takes about twenty minutes and can accommodate up to five people, all ages welcome.
1pm • Interactive Poetry with M. Nzadi Keita
Poet and writer M. Nzadi Keita on how individuals can play a role in changing society, even in the face of overwhelming odds. She will share a series of poems from her recently released book Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the Life of Anna Murray Douglass, which illustrates how the wife of Fredrick Douglass—a resourceful, uneducated black woman—supported the antislavery movement. M. Nzadi Keita is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of African American/Africana Studies at Ursinus College. Her work has appeared in journals and such anthologies as Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry in the 21st Century, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and Confirmation: An Anthology of African-American Women.
3pm • Film: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012, 102 min.)
This documentary chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis and how her social activism implicated her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ended with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list.
3:30–4:30pm • Performance: Diane Monroe Quartet
Please enjoy as the Diane Monroe Quartet captures the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement through known songs of protest and moving original compositions.
M. Nzadi Keita