Martin Luther King, Jr., Weekend and Day of Service

What does it take to change the world? Visit the Museum and experience a revolution in action as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and the day of service.

Vocalists and musicians from the Philadelphia Jazz Project will present We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration on Saturday, January 19 at 3pm, as part of a weekend-long celebration of service and community. The engaging intermingling of spoken word, singing, and instrumental music will pay tribute to one of America’s greatest citizens and thinkers, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Utilizing brief excerpts from King’s speeches and sermons as inspiration and a combination of gospel, jazz, and blues music, the piece will explore the inner workings of a mind and body in struggle. The performance is free with regular museum admission.

Throughout the weekend, celebrate the value of community and explore the diverse cultural landscape of Revolutionary Philadelphia in Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia. Join a free, daily 30-minute talk of the Museum’s core Galleries to learn stories of African Americans who found freedom in all sides of the Revolutionary War.

At a Discovery Cart, learn about the life of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Lewis Cook, who was part of many Revolutionary communities: his father was African, his mother was Native American, and he was a Continental Army officer.

In Revolution Place, you can visit the places where people made communities in early Philadelphia – a soldier’s mess in a military encampment, the raucous interior of a tavern, the domestic space of a parlor, and the pews in a place of worship.  Enroll with a cannon crew and witness how working together was a life-and-death situation, or experience how the Washingtons created community in their new home.

In the Galleries, step onboard a ship at sea and learn about what it took to build camaraderie on a Revolutionary sloop. Learn how you can create change in your own community by taking a card and a cue from our Community Engagement wall.


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