Martin Luther King Day Celebration—FREE


January 18 (Monday)
Martin Luther King Day Celebration—FREE
11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bob Fitch, Atlanta, Georgia, 1966. Courtesy of the Center for Documentary Expression & Art

Please join us to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on opening weekend of This Light of Ours, an exhibit of civil rights era photography. The Museum, in partnership with the Allentown branch of the NAACP, St. James AME Church, Union Baptist Church, and the United Black Christian Ministers' Alliance, invite the community to enjoy family and children’s programing on this national holiday, including art activities, performance, music, and films. Here is a schedule of events:

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Story Station
Frank Lloyd Wright Library

On this day of commemoration and service we invite visitors to record their stories of the struggle during the Civil Rights Movement. Through the Story Corps app, staff will help participants record their stories on the Museum’s iPad or download the app onto their own smart devices.

11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Visions and Voices

Crayola Classroom
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through art! Join us in our Crayola classroom, where a Museum educator will lead a one hour art making workshop. Participants will respond directly to the photographs on display in the exhibition This Light of Ours by creating their own stamps shaped in a word or image that has meaning not only to their identity but their community. Visitors will use these stamps to create posters on card stock and are welcome to have their images documented in our photo booth. Please RSVP for either the 11:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. session. Sessions are limited to twenty-five participants age 6+.

Drop-in activity: A simplified version of Visions and Voices will be available between 12:30 and 3 p.m. to all Museum visitors. Join Museum educators and volunteers in the Crayola Classroom where you can work independently, at your own pace, and create your own work inspired by the images in This Light of Ours.


1 p.m.
Film: The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 (2011, 92 minutes)
Rodale Classroom

This documentary examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in American society from 1967 to 1975, featuring found footage shot by Swedish journalists (discovered some thirty years later in the cellar of Swedish Television) overlaid with commentaries and interviews from leading contemporary African American artists, activists, musicians, and scholars.



2 p.m.
Stand Up or Sit In—You Decide: An Interactive Performance by Colette Gaiter
Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery

Artist and writer Colette Gaiter will give a brief talk about the different kinds of protest strategies used by civil rights activists. Gaiter’s talk will be followed by an interactive performance employing protest strategies, tactics, and speeches from Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael. Through this performance participants can experience various types of resistance used by civil rights and Black Power protestors in the 1960s and more recently by Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
Colette Gaiter


3 p.m.
Film: 1964 (2014, 114 minutes)
Rodale Classroom

In 1964 the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi. It was the year when Berkeley students rose up in protest, African Americans fought back against injustice in Harlem, and Barry Goldwater’s conservative revolution reshaped the Republican Party. In myriad ways, 1964 was the year when Americans faced choices.