17 Virtual Events to Celebrate MLK’s Legacy with Your Kids

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The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one that we want to share with our children, especially in today’s world. While we can’t attend a local march or spend the day volunteering in our community, there are many ways you can bring Dr. King’s legacy to your children while we are home. From dramatic interpretations of Dr. King’s speeches to songwriting workshops where kids can write a song inspired by the civil rights movement, there are activities for all ages. Be ready to be inspired!

Justice & Hope: The MLK2021 Virtual Celebration
Usually held each year in San Francisco, virtually celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at this week-long celebration that brings us all together. Jan. 11-18. Event details

The National Archives Comes Alive: Meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is portrayed by the Reverend Dr. John Moore, an internationally recognized minister and orator who has spoken and portrayed Dr. King at schools, colleges, churches, and organizational gatherings throughout the nation. Dr. King’s words that inspired the civil rights movement are brought to life for young learners. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Jan. 14. 8 a.m. PT. Event details

Where Do We Go From Here? MLK Documentary Film Festival
For this year's King Holiday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University will host a free, four-day webinar and film festival. On the eve of the presidential inauguration, the festival will feature twenty documentaries as well as musical performances and conversations that speak to Dr. King's unanswered question: "Where do we go from here?" Jan. 15-18. Event details

photo: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto

Resiliency Murals
Brooklyn-based artist Sophia Dawson creates large-scale murals that focus on individuals who have overcome injustices. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, discuss how Dr. King overcame racial injustices and gave a voice to our dreams. Using both of these individuals as inspiration, kids will paint a mural of someone who inspires us with their resiliency, such as a parental figure, teacher, neighbor, or friend. Jan. 15, 10 a.m. PT. Event details

Journey to Becoming an Anti-Racist Family
Learn why it’s important to talk about race and racism with kids, and how to do it. These conversations help build the foundation for raising compassionate children that embrace and value differences. The sessions will build on each other, attending all three is highly recommended. Jan. 16, 23 & 30. Event details

Rally for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2021 marks The 5th Avenue Theatre’s fifth year of proudly supporting the Kent School District’s Rally for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, the rally is led by a team of passionate teen leaders and features musical performances, community speakers and student reflections on the life, work and legacy of Dr. King. This year, you are cordially invited to join us as the rally is streamed for the Kent community and beyond. Jan. 15, 12 p.m. PT. Event details

Freedom Quilters of Gee Bend
In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama, and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. Create your own out of bountiful squares of fabric scraps, honoring Dr. King’s birthday and the inspiring women quilters of Gee’s Bend. Jan. 16, 7 a.m. PT. Event details

Songwriting 101: MLK Day
Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement he led inspired songs promoting freedom and justice, including Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” In this introductory workshop, join a museum educator on Zoom to write a song as a group. Participants will share ideas and write an original song inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. PT. Event details

2021 MLK Tribute
Arlington Virginia’s annual tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is virtual in 2021! Log in to a free online event where you can choose what you want to see, when you want to see it, from music and dance to spoken word and community dialogues. Jan. 17, 2 p.m. PT. Event details

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & the Civil Right Movement
Families can virtually dive into the stories of civil rights activists in New York, not only Dr. King but also Ella Baker, Milton Galamison, Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, and Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture). Explore Dr. King’s oft-overlooked activism against the Vietnam War as it relates to the ongoing movement for Black Lives today. Jan. 18, 6:30 a.m. PT. Event details

Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King
The celebration brings together artists and civic leaders to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. The 35th edition features Grammy Award-winning gospel and R&B artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Tank and the Bangas lead vocalist Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Vy Higgensen's award-winning choir Sing Harlem!, Brooklyn-based poet and 2020-2021 BAM Artist Resident Timothy DuWhite, spoken word artist Ashley August, and other leading artists and changemakers. Jan. 18, 8 a.m. PT. Event details

MLK Day Celebration 2021
The California African American Museum invites families to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day immersed in music, culture, and community. This year’s virtual festival highlights MLK’s dedication to labor and workers’ rights, and these movements’ continued importance today. Jan. 18, 10 a.m. PT. Event details

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day 
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Arts Live, Write253 and Valencia Carroll as they present virtual programs and activities. Explore how history connects us all. Jan. 18, 11 a.m. PT. Event details

Celebrate MLK Day with MoAD
Celebrate with MoAD on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service! The MLK holiday is usually MoAD's biggest day of the year, when they open their doors and provide free admission to exhibitions and to a full day of programming to honor the work of Dr. King. This year they are presenting a full day of online programming for you. Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m. PT. Event details

Becoming Brave: A Tribute to MLK
Lift Every Voice Legacy in partnership with Communities of Color Coalition presents a virtual event Becoming Brave: A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspiring a beloved community in song, spoken word and dance. Featured speakers and performers include Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, the Northside Step Team, beloved gospel-jazz vocalist Josephine Howell, musician Al Price and guest speakers Cirila Potter & Mikayla Weary. Jan. 18, 12 p.m. PT. Event details.

MLK Day Virtual Community Celebration
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. This year's virtual celebration put on by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Jan. 18, 2 p.m. PT. Event details

Tacoma's MLK Day Celebration
Join the city of Tacoma for its 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. This year's theme is Collective Voices/Collective Hope. It will be held virtually and will include local performers and speakers who work and volunteer to insure our community represents equity and hope. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. PT. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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