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

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one that we want to share with our children, especially in today’s world. Even if 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 at 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!


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Stanford University’s World House Project Film Festival
The World House Project will host a free, four-day webinar and virtual film festival featuring  30 documentaries, musical performances, interviews and panel discussions that speak to Dr. King’s vision of the World House. Jan. 14-17Event details 

38th Annual MLK Celebration
SF parks and recreation presents a virtual celebration of MLK featuring Dr. Joe Canton as keynote speaker.
Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m. Event details 

Rally for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2022 marks The 5th Avenue Theatre’s sixth 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. 17, 7 p.m.

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Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King
The celebration brings together artists and civic leaders to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. The 36th edition features speeches by civic leaders and activists. There will also be performances, including live appearances from singer Nona Hendryx with Craig Harris & Tailgaters Tales and Sing Harlem and a recorded dance piece by choreographer Kyle Marshall. Join us in hope and solidarity! Jan. 17, 7:30 a.m. Event details

Tacoma’s MLK Day Celebration
Join the city of Tacoma for its 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. This year’s event theme is “Hope & Healing.” Activities will highlight the present and the future of Dr. King’s impacts on our community and feature local performers and speakers who work and volunteer to ensure our community represents equity, hope and healing. Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Event details

MLK Day Celebration 2022
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 with the importance of these movements continuing on today. Jan. 17, 10 a.m. Event details

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Songs for Justice: 2022 Annual MLK Birthday Celebration
The Rothko Chapel presents Songs for Justice in celebration of Dr. King’s birthday. Log onto the live stream to enjoy a series of concerts and conversations exploring the role that music plays to further social justice movements. Jan. 15, 3 p.m. CT. Event details.

MLK Celebration 2022
The New Haven Museum will present a day of family friendly virtual programming dedicated to celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performances, storytelling, dancing, art workshops and more—all from your living room. Jan. 17, 10 a.m. ET. Event details.

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Joy as an Act of Resistance
This is the second annual virtual celebration presented by the Saint Louis Art Museum. This year will feature local Black performing artists, Robert Crenshaw, Alicia Revé, and Freeman Word, who will respond to photographs of Dr. King from the Museum’s collection through dance, music, and spoken word. Jan. 17, On Demand. Event details. 

Celebrate MLK Day with MoAD
Celebrate with MoAD on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service! Now being held virtually, the annual event will feature free programmings like art workshops, museum tours, and more. Jan. 17, 11 a.m. Event details

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the Washington State Historical Society
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Washington State Historical Society. Highlights of this virtual event are a performance of his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, an art-making workshop, and more. Jan.17, 10 a.m. Event details

—Kate Loweth

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