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

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Children’s Museum celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20 with a live performance with songs and stories, a civil rights display, and activities that are 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 Shaffny Terrel portray civil rights activists Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks and others in this moving show written especially for children. 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.”

“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 Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence with young children, a collection of books and activities will be presented by AmeriCorps members in the Maker Studio from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Kids will imagine and build a Kidtopia as a special maker activity.

The presentation of Amazing Grace is part of FUNDA FEST 2020: A Celebration of Black Storytelling and is sponsored in part by Providence Tourism Council and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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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