Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Day

The MA GOV website shares ideas on how to celebrate Monday

How to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 Whether individually, with family, or with kids, there are many ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 
  1.  Visit a Museum — Various museums offer educational and celebratory opportunities during Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The New Bedford Historical Society is a great place to learn about the history and legacy of people of color in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Museum of African American History hosts its annual “Day of Service and Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Additionally, the National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture hosts a free reception and special exhibit “Legacy, Life & the Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Exhibit” on Jan. 19, 2015.
  1.  Walk the Black Heritage Trail — Download a map and take a 1.6-mile self-guided tour of the Black Heritage Trail, where you can learn about the first African Americans and their descendants in Massachusetts. Stops on the tour include The Phillips School, one of Boston’s first public schools to be desegregated, and the Lewis and Harriet Hayden House, a shelter for fugitive slaves traveling the Underground Railroad.
  1. Serve Your Community — You can volunteer at your local community center, find a project online through the Corporation for National and Community Service listings, or search the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) database. If you live in greater Boston, you can reach out to Boston Cares to volunteer.
  1. Take Time to Reflect — Join the Cambridge Peace Commission at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to commemorate Dr. King. Whether you’re attending an event or staying at home, take a moment to remember this historical leader and his accomplishments.

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