Bring your family to the Missouri History Museum to celebrate and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Discuss how to make a difference in your community, get active with yoga and movement workshops, create peace-inspired art, meet local and nationally renowned authors, and explore stories of the civil rights movement and the work of Dr. King.
The MLK Community Celebration is designed for kids ages 14 and under and takes place on Saturday, January 19 and Monday, January 21. All activities are scheduled for both Saturday and Monday, unless specifically noted.
BOOK GIVEAWAYS—WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
The first 100 kids in attendance at 10:00am each day will receive a free book (either We March by Shane W. Evans or Dear Martin by Nic Stone). The first 70 kids in attendance at the Step into the Story Workshop at 11:30am each day will receive a copy of Our Children Can Soar by Michelle Cook. In addition, the first 50 youth ages 18 and under to attend the Nic Stone presentation on January 21 at 4pm will receive a copy of Dear Martin.
Book giveaways are sponsored by Ready Readers.
STORY SHARING HOSTED BY TEENS MAKE HISTORY | SATURDAY ONLY, 10:00AM–1:00PM
Your stories matter! They’re worth remembering, protecting, and sharing. Teens Make History (TMH) will help you learn how to record and share your own stories. Join TMH for a chance to connect with friends and loved ones while learning about civic engagement and community involvement.
PEACE-INSPIRED ART PROJECTS | 10:00AM–3:30PM
Drop in anytime! Families can make advocacy buttons and painted peace signs.
YOUTH ACTIVISM AND ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP FACILITATED BY TABARI COLEMAN | 10:15–11:00AM AND 11:15AM–12:00PM
Kid President’s video on Martin Luther King Jr. will serve as a jumping-off point for a conversation about activists. Youth will have the opportunity to learn more about the activities and qualities of activists, identify and explore famous and everyday activists, and create posters with personal messages for the community. This program is recommended for students in grades 2–9 and their caregivers. The 10:15am workshop is geared toward grades 2–5, and the 11:15am workshop is geared toward grades 6–9.
YOGA FOR YOUNG ACTIVISTS GUIDED BY THE COLLECTIVE STL | 10:15–11:00AM AND 11:15AM–12:00PM
In order to stand up for a cause and help others, activists and advocates must take care of themselves. Before or after the Youth Activism and Engagement Workshop, join the Collective STL to move mindfully and explore self-care. The 10:15am workshop is designed for grades 6 and up, and the 11:15am workshop is for grades 5 and under. All abilities are welcome; no prior experience is necessary.
STEP INTO THE STORY: OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR | 11:30AM–1:30PM
Join the St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature as they bring Michelle Cook’s popular and moving book to life. Celebrate Martin, Rosa, Barack, and many others—and make your own plans to soar. Drop in anytime to create and think together about your dreams for our community and ways to make a difference! Stories will be read aloud at 11:30am, 12:15pm, and 1:00pm by local authors.
DREAM WITH SHANE W. EVANS | MONDAY ONLY, 12:30–1:15PM
You are invited to dream! Join author and illustrator Shane W. Evans as he presents his book We March, which tells the story of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. In addition, Evans will share insight on other projects that inspired this book, as well as MM2000.org, an evolving musical that is infused with the stories of great civil rights leaders. Evans will play live music, explore the significance of the MLK holiday today, and engage the audience to be participants in the dream. Whether you’re 5 or 105, Evans’ presentation will spark the imagination of your inner child. If you have ever had an idea to make a book, illustrate a story, or sing out loud, you will want to be in the room! A book signing will follow the presentation.
KING FAMILY KIDS MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS | 1:45–2:30PM AND 2:45–3:30PM
Celebrate the achievements of Dr. King on another story-dance journey with Mama Lisa. Children will focus on learning about segregation and its effects on young Martin King.
DEAR MARTIN: SPECIAL PRESENTATION WITH AUTHOR NIC STONE | MONDAY ONLY, 4:00PM
In the wake of present-day social justice movements like Black Lives Matter, many have turned to the oft-quoted words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for guidance. But how would Dr. King’s philosophies fare in the 21st century? Using the lens of Dr. King’s sermons, books, and interviews to examine current events, author Nic Stone seeks to answer this question in her New York Times–bestselling novel about a 17-year-old black boy trying to find his place in a modern world. Doors open at 3:30pm.