Brooklyn Children’s Museum Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day!




Photo credit: Winston Williams, Brooklyn Children’s Museum

On Sunday, January 14, and Monday, January 15, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) invites families to come celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a dynamic and engaging two-day program, “Celebrate MLK at BCM.” This special event will feature interactive performances, protest marches, community art programs, and volunteer projects for families to commemorate the values and convictions of Dr. King.

Each day of the festival features shadow puppet performances produced by Nehprii Amenii, music and protest marching with Brooklyn-based musician Fyütch, community art-making projects, and more.
“As we explore Dr. King’s values through music, art, and community action, we aim to inspire a new generation to continue to work towards a more accepting, just and equitable society,” said Atiba T. Edwards, President and CEO of Brooklyn Children’s Museum. “Our annual Celebrate MLK festival is an opportunity for families to engage, reflect, and celebrate the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a variety of thought-provoking and inspiring activities.”

“I grew up celebrating MLK day as a day of action and marching with my community,” said Harold “Fyütch” Simmons, Grammy-Nominated Social Justice Artist. “I’m honored to continue that tradition with young people and their families at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.”

The celebration’s highlights include:
Protest Workshop and March
Sunday, Jan. 14
3:00 pm–3:45 pm
Monday, Jan. 15
10:45 am–11:30 am and 2:00 pm–2:45 pm
Children are encouraged to use their voice to explore Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy through civil rights songs, chants, and a march led by musician and artist Fyütch. Füytch will start by sharing MLK’s beliefs and mission, after which visitors will create protest posters to wave proudly as they march through the Museum.

What Is Greatness? – Puppet Show and Workshop
Sunday, Jan. 14
11:30 am–12:25 pm and 2:00 pm–2:55 pm
Monday, Jan. 15
11:30 am–12:30 pm and 2:00 pm–2:55 pm
Families can watch and participate in the interactive puppet performance What Is Greatness, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” and created by Nehprii Amenii in collaboration with performers Emmanuel Elpenord, Andrea Ang, and Fatima Sambo Schoenfelder. Before the show begins, there will be a shadow puppet-making workshop where visitors will learn how to make puppets using paper and scissors. Guests can bring the puppets they make to the performance following the workshop and show them off during the show!

What Does Your View From the Mountaintop Look Like?
Sunday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 15
10:30 am–12:30 pm and 2:30 pm–4:30 pm (Half-hour sessions repeating every 45 minutes)
Inspired by the work of artist Romare Bearden and his artwork memorializing Dr. King’s final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” guests can visit the ColorLab art studio to create a collage that explores the positive impacts they want to see in the world. This program lasts 30 minutes, and repeats every 45 minutes throughout the duration of the festival.

Volunteer Project
Monday, Jan. 15 only
10:15 am–10:45 am, 11:00 am–11:30 am, 11:45 am–12:15 pm, 2:15 pm–2:45 pm, 3:00 pm–3:30 pm, and 3:45 pm–4:15 pm
Led by non-profit Repair the World, families will learn about the power of service work and take action to welcome migrants to NYC by packaging diapers and baby hygiene essentials for St. John’s Bread & Life, an organization that works to combat food insecurity in Brooklyn and Queens.

About Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Inspired by the energy and diversity of our borough, Brooklyn Children’s Museum creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning. Founded in 1899 as the world’s first children’s museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) is New York City’s largest cultural institution designed especially for families. Proudly based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, BCM serves 300,000 children and caregivers annually with exhibits and programs grounded in visual arts, music and performance, natural science, and world cultures.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.