PCM: MLK DAY OF CELEBRATION

A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Providence Children’s Museum

Monday, January 15, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Rochel Coleman performs as Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Civil Rights activists at Providence Children's Museum.

Rochel Coleman performs as Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Civil Rights activists at Providence Children’s Museum.

Providence Children’s Museum presents a powerful annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 15.  The event features a live performance with songs and stories, a civil rights display, and activities and is free with Museum admission.

The civil rights movement comes to life in provocative performances of “M.L.K: Amazing Grace” at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM.  Actors Rochel Garner Coleman, Jackie Davis and Raffini portray civil rights activists Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks and more in this moving show.  Coleman wrote and directs the show and has performed it at schools and other venues throughout the country.  He emphasizes that, despite its serious subject, “M.L.K.” is not all grave and solemn; the production includes a number of light moments of repartee and song with its important message.

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Garner Coleman

“In the case of the civil rights movement, what has to be remembered is that everyone participated, black, white, brown, Asian and Native American,” said Coleman.  “When you apply that to today, it only makes sense that the nature of race relations would focus on what was essentially Dr. King’s dream, to unite all people, to become one nation.”

For more opportunities to explore the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence, a collection of books, images, texts and activities will be on display in Discovery Studio from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. AmeriCorps members will be on hand to facilitate and engage families in story time, discussion and opportunities to develop personal identity and share ways that you can shape our community.

This powerful, popular, annual celebration at the Museum offers an educational and hands-on approach to learning about the work and times of Dr. King and other activists who took a stand against injustice and gives families a valuable opportunity to discuss the difficult subject of racial discrimination.  The event is part of FUNDA FEST 2018: A Celebration of Black Storytelling and is sponsored in part by Providence Tourism Council and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Jackie Davis

The MLK Day of Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts.

For more information, visit NationalService.gov

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