Martin Luther King Day


January 16 (Monday)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In celebration of the 88th birthday of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., you are invited to join us for free admission and family friendly activities on this national holiday.

12:30-3pm • Visions and Voices

Explore the themes and social issues presented in the Museum’s current exhibitions Allentown X 7 and Building Bridges by contributing to a community project that shows how each and every one of us has a unique voice and vision to present in our society.


noon–2:30 p.m. • Story Station

Museum staff will help you 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.


 1 p.m. • Interactive poetry with M. Nzadi Keita

Writer M. Nzadi Keita will read 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 the 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.


3 p.m. • 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. Sample the film here.


3:30–4:30 p.m. • 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. Sample the music here.


TODAY ONLY—Special pop-up exhibition
Trexler Gallery

Don't miss this one-day showing of two prints from our collection that depict the power, dedication, strength, and determination of Dr. King and the African American people.


Left: John Woodrow Wilson, Head Study, 2002, etching, aquatint, lift ground, drypoint, scraping, and burnishing, with chine colleé.
Right: Faith Ringgold, As Free Independent States from the series Declaration of Freedom and Independence, 2009, screen print.