The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is inviting families to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the annual “I Have a Dream Celebration,” on Monday, January 21.

This year’s programming focuses on art and activism. Visitors get to explore Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, while also putting action behind words with community service projects and a children’s rally around the museum inspired by the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March.

“Throughout his life, Dr. King worked to achieve equality in America by fighting against racial discrimination,” the museum stated. “Join us as we continue in his footsteps, with programs and workshops exploring themes of diversity, equality, freedom and resistance.”

Photo credit: Carolina Cabanillas for Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Beginning at 11:00am, families can participate in the community service project “Bags of Warmth for CAMBA” and pack bags of gloves, socks and other warm clothing for CAMBA homeless shelter’s “Respite Bed Program.”

Kids can also partake in art programs such as the ColorLab edition of “I Have a Dream” where they can write or draw the dreams they have for their community, add them to a community dream cloud and make posters for the march. Younger guests can visit the Totally Tots Studio where they will explore Dr. King’s inspiring words and decorate buttons with his quotes. 

Photo credit: Carolina Cabanillas for Brooklyn Children’s Museum

The day concludes at 4:15pm with a reading of Let the Children March, a novel by Monica Clark-Robinson about the 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama. Following the reading, kids are encouraged to create their own protest signs, and chant and march through the museum to honor friendship, unity and equality in their community.

For a full list of events and activities, go here. 

I Have A Dream Celebration at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

When: Monday, January 21, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

How much: $11 (museum’s admission)


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