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Martin Luther King Day (and beyond) Guide

A guide to a variety of events celebrating diversity and Martin Luther King happening on January 15 and beyond.

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 Here are a variety of events celebrating diversity and Martin Luther King. 

On Monday, January 15

A Special Presentation of “MLK: Amazing Grace”

In “M.L.K.: Amazing Grace,” award-winning storytellers and actors Rochel Garne

r Coleman, Jackie Davis and Raffini, bring history to life through songs and stories as they portray Civil Rights activists Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy and more. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Where:  Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
When:  Monday, January 15, 2018: Shows at 11:30 am, 1 and 2:30 pm
Cost:  Free with membership, $9.00 for adults and children; babies under 12 months are free

Martin Luther King Day Activities

Hands-on activities commemorating the life and legacy of MLK. Dr. King dreamed for us to live in a world where we would “not be judged by the color of [our] skin, but by the content of [our] character. Come create a community art piece that represents his dream for a better world.  The Museum will be open from 9am to 4pm, however the special learning activities will be held from 10am to 3pm.

Teach children about the impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on the world, while encouraging them to participate in a community art project. For more information, please feel free to call, (508) 230-3789, or check out our website: www.childrensmuseumineaston.org

When: Monday, January 15, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm
Where:  The Children’s Museum in Easton is located in the Old Fire Station at 9 Sullivan Avenue in North Easton, MA
Cost:  $9 per person. Members and children under one are free


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House at The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Free tours in the newly renovated Stowe House, a National historic landmark, Family arts and crafts at the visitor center, Ring bells for peace at noon, at 12:05 pm, join salons at Stowe to discuss Kings “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Bring new bath towels and feminine hygiene products to donate to emergency shelter.

Where:   Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT
When: Monday, January 15, 2018, 10 am – 4 pm
Cost:   Free admission and family activities in honor of Martin Luther King Day


January 16 and beyond


Martin Luther King Jr. Storytime 

A Martin Luther King Jr. storytime followed by an activity.

Where: Barnes & Noble: Warwick Centre. 1350-B Bald Hill Rd, Warwick, (401) 826 -8885
When:  Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:30 am
Cost:  Free


Where’s MLK? Scavenger Hunt at Knight Memorial Library (Jan 16 – 23)

A scavenger hunt in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Every day from January 16-23, look for Dr. King or another civil rights leader hidden around the library. Follow the clues to try to win a prize!  All ages welcome. For information: ariendeau@provcomlib.org.

Where:  Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence; (401) 467-2625
When:  Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – 3 pm to Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 5 pm
Cost:  Free



The Rhode Island community is invited to come together and indulge their love of song while honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All are welcome regardless of singing experience, from families with young children to seniors from across the religious and secular spectrum. We make an “instant” choir from the participants. Reverend Lisa Clayton, Director of Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir, University of Connecticut, will be this year’s Special Guest Conductor. Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship and song!

When:  Sunday, January 28, 2018: 2 pm – 5 pm
Where:  Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell Street, Providence
Cost:  $5.00 general admission




Martin Luther King Celebration

Between January and March 2018, the Center for Reconciliation will host a series of events inspired by Dr. King’s writings on the “Beloved Community.” Celebrate his work through the perspectives of faith leaders, as expressed in art and music and as celebrated in worship by two faith communities. This is an opportunity to explore the meaning and practice of reconciliation through the medium of music with time to reflect on what reconciliation means to you and how you might practice it in your own life. Below are the programs:

Martin Luther King Celebration: Reconciliation as Expressed in Music

Choral and instrumental performances by students from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, and other guest performers.

When:  Thursday, February 8 at 7 pm
Where:  Cathedral of St. John, 271 North Main St., Providence
Cost:  Free

Martin Luther King Celebration: Reconciliation as Expressed in the Arts

An exhibit of representations of reconciliation in the graphic and visual arts with music and dialogue; hosted in partnership with the URI Arts and Culture Program. This is a rare opportunity to see a variety of works by artists, reflect and engage in conversation about how we express the meaning and practice of reconciliation.

When:  Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7 pm
Where:  Cathedral of St. John, 271 North Main Street, Providence
Cost:  Free