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January 10, 2018
MLK Family Celebration At Missouri History Museum

Bring the family to the Missouri History Museum to celebrate and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on both Saturday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Jan. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. The first 100 children in attendance each day will receive a free storybook. The celebration will feature music, theatre, dance and poetry, education programs plus workshops and classes.


 10:15 to 11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. to noon Youth Activism and Engagement Workshop facilitated by Tabari Coleman. Kid President's video on Martin Luther King Jr. will serve as a jumping off point for a conversation about activists. This program is recommended for students in grades 2-9 and their caregivers. The 10:15 a.m. workshop is aimed at grades 2-5, and the 11:15 a.m. workshop is aimed at grades 6-9.

 12:15 or 1:15 Step Performances by Gentlemen of Vision (GOV). The mission of the Gentlemen of Vision is to prepare disadvantaged males to successfully complete high school by demonstrating superior leadership skills, academic excellence, community service, and career readiness to successfully transition into higher education or trade.

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 1 to 1:45 or 2 to 2:45 p.m. King Family Kids Movement Workshops: Marching on the Move in Missouri. Join Mama Lisa to learn the local history of St. Louis' March on Washington through movement, song, and story.

 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Peace-Inspired Art Projects & Family Gallery Exploration. Drop by the make-and-take workshop any time to get creative. Also, dive into St. Louis history by exploring the #1 in Civil Rights exhibit.

The museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd. in Forest Park. For more details, visit mohistory.org.

Washington University Annual Event Jan. 15

Washington University's 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration will be held Monday, Jan. 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Graham Chapel on the Danforth Campus, 1 Brookings Drive. Pre-program entertainment provided by Orchestrating Diversity at 6:40 p.m.

The theme of this year's event is "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Speakers include: Cohost student leaders Rosalind Byrd (president, Association of Black Students) and Kenneth Sng (president, Student Union); Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton; and Provost Holden Thorp.

The keynote speaker will be Traci D. Blackmon, executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries for the United Church of Christ and pastor at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant.

Award presentations will include the Rosa L. Parks Award for Meritorious Service to Leah Merrifield, associate vice chancellor for Community Engagement and St. Louis College Readiness Initiatives; and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Service Award to Mya Petty.

Performances include Black Anthology; Harry V. Moppins Jr.; Orchestrating Diversity Urban Youth Orchestra; and Visions Gospel Choir.

A reception will follow in the Danforth University Center. Free parking is available in the center's underground garage. For more information, contact Rudolph Clay at 314-935-5059 or rudolphc@wustl.edu.

UMSL Honors King On Jan. 15

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity presents its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance on Monday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus, 1 University Blvd.

The 2018 event will be facilitated by mistress of ceremonies Courtney Bryant, evening anchor and reporter with KMOV, St. Louis' CBS affiliate. She will introduce participants including Brian Owens, the nationally renowned singer, a Ferguson native and UMSL graduate.

The program's keynote speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance.

This event is free. For more information, visit www.touhill.org.

Freedom Celebration Jan. 19

On Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Celebration, "1960 Now: Social Justice Movements, Past and Present" will feature Fine Art Photographer and Visual Cultural Producer Sheila Pree Bright at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park . Bright will share her recent series of photographs linking today's protest movements to those of the 1960s.

Free, but tickets required; visit www.metrotix.com.

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