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Sharing the Heritage! At African American Museum 

Enjoy free admission to the African American Museum all day and celebrate with special events and activities including a scavenger hunt, break dance workshop and Community Celebration with live music, readings and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 MLK, Jr. Day of Service Arts & Service Workshop 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be opening its doors Monday, offering Pay What You Wish admission in addition to day-long Arts & Service Workshop featuring activities for all ages. Arts and crafts created will be donated to the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance and the Cascarones Por la Vida Art Fund.

 MLK, Jr. & Inauguration Day Celebration 

The National Constitution Center commemorates MLK Day. You can check out the full program schedule online.

 Martin Luther King Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary 

Eastern State Penitentiary honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during the holiday weekend. Listen to excerpts read from Dr. King’s letter–written 50 years ago–twice daily on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The readings are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available at or at the door subject to availability.

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with showings of his iconic “I Have A Dream” on the walls of Franklin Hall at the top of every hour. Additional events include an “African American Scientists Scavenger Hunt” and the creation of a wall of dreams.

 MLK Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History will be free all day as the museum commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Marian Anderson Historical Society

The entire senior community is invited to come and celebrate the li8fe and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At a free luncheon and musical tribute featuring Lady Blanche Burton Lyles and resident classical scholar Jillian Patricia Pirtle. This event will be held on Monday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Marian Anderson Museum, 762 S. Martin St.

If you would like to volunteer your time or donate to this event on behalf of the seniors, or for any further information, call the society’s office at (215) 732-9505.

Historic Fair Hill Cemetery

Join history-loving volunteer caretakers for Martin Luther King Day at Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Avenue, Monday, Jan. 20, 10 am.-1 p.m.

At 10 a.m., volunteers will pick up trash around the 5-acre site and collect fallen branches. At 111 a.m., historic tours will visit the Underground Railroad Mural at 2950 Germantown Avenue and the graves of great abolitionists, including African Americans Robert & Harriet Purvis and whites Lucretia & James Mott. At noon they’ll enjoy hot cocoa around the bonfire, read from Dr. King’s speeches, and sing Protest Era anthems.

Groudswell: A Celebration of Arts & Community at Arden Arden Theater 

Join the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance on MLK Day, as they partner with Arden Theatre, With Art Philadelphia, Art-Reach and First Person Arts to celebrate arts, culture and community, and launch their latest community project GroundSwell at 20 N. 2nd Street, 5:30-8 p.m.

Two programs powered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance have partnered to help promote cultural service projects and volunteer opportunities planned for the 19th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

For more information on the GroundSwell 1-Year Anniversary Party & MLK Day of Service Celebration, visit:

By: Tiffanie Stanard, Philly Speaks Producer

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