MLK Day Celebration 2015


Celebrate the civil rights leader with drumming plus poetry, freedom songs performed by In Process, and more. The afternoon concludes with a community round table discussion, Healing After Ferguson. Visitors can also express their ideas on the Face It wall, an interactive project inside the museum. Special admission $5.

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12pm Live Performance: Drumetry (Drums + Poetry)
Dr. Dorothy Adamson Holley of N-Chat celebrates freedom by performing Drumetry™, an art form that combines poetry and drumming.

12:40pm Community Quilt Unveiled
This fall, the public were invited to create quilt squares at the museum answering the question “What does it mean to be American?” The completed quilt will be unveiled and will join the permanent collection of the museum. The project was led by Dr. Joan Gaither, a celebrated quilter who documents stories through quilts.

1pm Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights
Individuals recount moving oral histories, such as John and Shirley Billy who will tell of their experience as an inter-racial couple in pre-Civil Rights America.

2pm Live Performance: A Cappella Quintet
In Process, a women’s a cappella quintet, performs freedom songs. Their performance pays homage to Freedom Riders, the individuals who risked their lives in 1961 to protest segregation at interstate bus terminals in the Deep South by traveling together throughout the region.

3pm A Community Roundtable Conversation: Healing Beyond Ferguson
The museum seeks to be a place where people of different backgrounds and races can come together for learning and understanding. The capstone event for MLK Day will be a roundtable discussion that continues the work towards solutions after recent events like those in Ferguson, Missouri. Visitors are invited to join in the conversation led by roundtable speakers to include Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, Judge Robert Bell; Dr. H. Lovell Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola University; Reverend Al Hathaway; Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts; Farajii Muhammad, co-founder and president of the youth-governed organization, New Learning Leadership Center; and Chris Roberts, Ph.D. candidate at Temple University.

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Throughout the Afternoon

“Face It” Wall
Visitors are invited to post their thoughts on the “Face It” Wall, as part of an interactive project inside the museum to create critical thought about events like Ferguson, Missouri. Virtual visitors will be able to post on the museum’s social media streams.

Resource Center Open
Visit the Resource Center to learn about Maryland African American resources and genealogy.

Craft Activities
From 12-3:30pm, create an MLK calendar and banner.

Martin Luther King by Leonard Freed
Date and Time
Monday, January 19, 12:00 pm
Contact Information
For more information call 443-263-1800