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Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Local Events, Books, and Conversations


Rochel Coleman as MLK

“M.L.K: Amazing Grace”
Providence Children’s Museum – Providence, RI
Monday, January 21st from 11:30AM-4:00PM (3 shows – 11:30AM, 1:00PM, 2:30PM)
Cost: Activities free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person.

The Civil Rights movement comes to life at the Providence Children’s Museum in provocative performances of “M.L.K: Amazing Grace”.  The event features a live performance with songs and stories, an exhibit and anti-discrimination activities. Actors Rochel Coleman, Jackie Davis and Rafini portray Civil Rights activists Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks and more.  Written by Coleman, 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.

Funda Fest 15: A Celebration of Black Storytelling
January 19-27th
Funda” means “to teach and to learn” in Zulu and KiSwahili. Each January for the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday, RIBS tellers , local artists and invited national and international guests bring the best of Black Storytelling to Rhode Island and Southern New England.
Tellers present a variety of performances and workshops which include school assemblies, family performances, intergenerational and family workshops, spoken word and storytelling concerts for adults.

  • Saturday, January 19, 2013 – Storytelling Workshop
    10am – 2 pm
    Beneficent Congregational Church – 300 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI
    (401) 331-9845 RSVP and additional info.
    Cost: $20/individual (Lunch included) $50/church for up to 5 members. (Lunch included)
  • Sunday, January 20, 2013 – Family Storytelling Concert
    2 pm
    Westerly Public Library – 44 Broad Street Westerly, RI
    (401) 596-2877
    Cost: Donations accepted
  • Storytelling at the PCL libraries and schools Tuesday-Friday
    RIBS tellers and invited guests perform statewide.
    To book a performance in your school, contact April Brown at 401-439-6841
  • Thursday January 22 – 25, 2013 – Family Storytelling Concert
    YWCA of RI – 514 Blackstone St., Woonsocket, RI (401)769-7450
    6:30- 8 pm
    Cost: $1. Children
  • Friday January 25, 2013 – 2nd Annual Liar’s Contest/Storytelling and Spoken Word
    ROOTS Cultural Center – 276 Westminster St. Providence, RI
    Cost: $7
  • Saturday, January 26, 2013 – FAMILY FUNday with performances, vendors, market place
    * Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St, Providence
    10am-11:30AM – Morning storytelling workshops for adults and children. FREE
    12:30p — 2PM – Afternoon Cultural Workshop. FREE
    2:30p — 3:30PM – Afternoon Family Storytelling Concert. $1/child. Adults – FREE
    4:00p – 7PM – Digital Stories (Souls of Black Girls, Funda 4). FREE
    8PM – Evening concert for adults. $10 tickets available at the door
  • Sunday, January 27, 2013 – Family Storytelling Concert
    2 pm
    Martin Luther King Center – 20 Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport, RI
    (401) 846-4828
    Cost: Donations accepted

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  • A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler,. Illustrated by Robert Casilla
    A good beginning book for kids age 4 – 8. The simple text celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and explains why he is a hero.
  • The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore. Illustrated by Amy Wummer
    Simply written for young children to understand the story of his life. The board book format makes it easy for little hands to turn the pages.
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
    This story demonstrates some of King’s ideals. It is about a girl named Grace and the idea that you can be anything you want
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier
    This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America–and the world–forever.
  • As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson and illustrated bu Raul Colon
    The story of two icons for social justice, one African American and one Jewish and how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.
  • Martin’s Dream by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Amy June Bates
    Easy to read text (Reading Level 1) and gorgeous artwork, highlights various events throughout King’s life.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. by David Colbert
    Designed for older kids, discusses 10 important days in King’s life, including, of course, his famous “I have a dream” speech.
  • National Geographic Kids
    Photo Gallery of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.


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