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MLK Day 2021: Explore and Learn Online

Mon January 18

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day takes place on January 18, 2021. While we are unable to gather in person, there are many options for expanding your horizons around racial justice, the legacy of Dr. King, and the Civil Rights Movement. Here are just a few options:

Documentaries to Watch for Free:

True Justice: Brian Stevenson’s Fight For Equality
This film follows 30 years of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative’s work on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. It is one of the most powerful testimonies of slavery to lynching, and present-day injustices.


Watch True Justice: Brian Stevenson’s Fight for Equality


Free at Last – Marting Luther King, Jr.

This film is an encore presentation of an Emmy Award-winning, cinema-verite film, which premiered on April 7, 1968, within days of King’s assassination. Produced by NET’s Public Broadcasting Laboratory, it provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes portrait of the man and his mission – as Dr. King toured southern black communities, planning and organizing the Poor Peoples’ Campaign and March on Washington. The film is hosted on a PBS partnership platform.


Watch Free at Last – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Museums to Visit Online:

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, Michigan): https://www.thewright.org/
Check out COVID-19: African Americans and Health Disparities found here.

National Civil Right Museum at the Lorraine Motel (Memphis, Tennesee): https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
Check out the Student Resources page here.
Check out the Small but Mighty Storytime video series for ages 2-12 here.

National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.):  https://nmaahc.si.edu/
Check out the Talking About Race page under the “Learn” menu.


Ticketed Online Events:

Art as a Form of Oppression: Changing Our Institutions from Within (Edlavitch JCC, Washington, D.C.)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. est

Join a conversation with Archy LaSalle, a Black-Jewish educator and fine art photographer in Boston who has put together a grassroots organization to address the lack of representation of Black and Brown artists in the permanent collections of our art museums. Click on the event title for more information and for the option to purchase tickets.

Soul to Soul: African American and Jewish music meet to celebrate the two cultures
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. est

For 10 years this celebration of Jewish and African American culture has played to sold out audiences. For the first time the show is being presented online.  Click on the event title for more information and for the option to purchase tickets.

Songs of Dreams: A Multi Genre Celebration of MLK Day (Osher-Marin JCC, San Rafael, CA)
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 5-6:30 p.m. est

Join James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of “dreams” along the way.

Learning the Land: A Virtual Civil Rights Tour (Edlavitch JCC, Washington, D.C.)
Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. est

In this program, you will get to participate in a virtual Civil Rights Tour and interactive discussion with an emphasis on the cities of Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma with T. Marie King. This workshop will be moderated by Samantha Dubrinsky. Click on the event title above for more information and for the option to purchase tickets.


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