MLK Day Events Guide

January 14, 2015 7:00 AM

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What better place to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s spirit of generosity towards others than in the City of Brotherly Love? Here’s where to come together, serve and celebrate this MLK Day.

Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

The 20th Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service returns to the city. Last year, more than 125,000 volunteers participated in hundreds of projects. To volunteer or submit a project, visit the website.

Here are a few projects around the region:

Annual Feed the Hungry Program: Get Fit For A Cause!
Legacy Youth & Tennis Education
4842 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, Pa.
1 – 4 p.m.

MLK Day of Service
National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pa.
10 a.m.

Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Signature Site Project
United Way

Unitarian Society of Germantown
6511 Lincoln Dr
Philadelphia, Pa.
8/8:30 a.m.

Day of Service at the National Constitution Center
525 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pa.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., $5 admission

Discounted admission and a full day of activities? Count us in! This MLK Day, head to the NCC to take part in service projects, make arts and crafts, watch live musical performances and of course, check out all the museum’s exhibits.

Sharing the Heritage Celebration & Free Admission
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pa.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m., FREE

Visitors get free admission to the museum all day long in honor of MLK. There will also be special events and activities including service projects, readings and live performances.

MLK Family Day & Free Admission
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, Pa.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., FREE

Enjoy free admission to all of the museum’s exhibits in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Guests can also hear live music, participate in an art project and enjoy a screening of the 2006 PBS documentary, “Eyes on the Prize America’s Civil Rights Movement.”

Philadelphia Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Tribute Concert
Girard College Chapel
2101 S College Ave
Philadelphia, Pa.
1:30 p.m., FREE

Join the Philadelphia Orchestra at Girard College for their annual free community concert. The repertoire includes Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People, a work commissioned by the orchestra which will debut in its entirety in November 2015.

MLK Day at The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, Pa.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., FREE with admission

The Franklin Institute will celebrate MLK Day with showings of his “I Have A Dream” speech on four big screens on the hour, every hour. There will also be an African American Scientists Scavenger Hunt and a coloring activity.

MLK Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, Pa.
Sat, Sun and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; FREE

Eastern State Pen remembers Dr. King with three daily readings of his “Letters from Birmingham Jail” (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.) as well as arts and crafts for kids 7 – 12.

MLK Day Celebration
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, Pa.
Jan. 16 – 19

To celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the PMA is offering a full weekend of activities and special programs. On MLK Day, it’s pay-what-you-wish admission as well as a number of family-friendly workshops and projects all day long.

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