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At The Chicago History Museum: Celebrating The Life Of MLK

The Chicago History Museum will commemorate and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a family-friendly tradition on Monday, January 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Museum's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event incorporates spoken word, performance and craft activities that reflect Dr. King's messages of peace and justice.

Highlights include a performance of the The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by the Writers Theatre and a performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir.

This long-standing and inspiring event concludes with a reenactment of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech by award-winning storyteller Oba William King.

The day's activities include:

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Kids' crafts with artist Sue Romanelli.

All ages welcome.


10 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Voices of Peace and Freedom.

A 30-minute performance by storyteller Gwen Hilary and musician Enoch Williamson. Recommended for Pre-K through 2nd grade.


10:30 a.m.: The MLK Project: Fight for Civil Rights.

Produced by the Writers Theatre. A 45-minute performance followed by post-show discussion. Recommended for 6th grade and up. All ages welcome.

A sample:


12:30 p.m.: Precious Lord: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A 45-minute performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir.


2:30 p.m.: "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Reenactment by Oba William King. Q&A to follow.

A little Oba:


Commemorative Day activities are included with Museum admission. Museum admission is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day.

Event details are subject to change. Seating for performances is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Museum, in partnership with the Chicago Sinfonietta, will present several rarely seen images of Dr. King from the Museum's collection during the intermission of the Sinfonietta's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute concert. Performances take place Sunday, January 17 at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, and Monday, January 18 at the Symphony Center.


Comments welcome.


Posted on January 14, 2016

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