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Thursday Evening Hours Open Thursdays until 9 p.m., sponsored by Constellation Energy.

FREE MLK Jr Family Festival

Monday, January 16, 2012
10:00 AM–04:00 PM
FREE MLK Jr Family Festival

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Come together to celebrate the life and triumphs of one of our nation’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Special guests will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other heroes from the Civil Rights Movement through performances and stories, and all ages are invited to share their dreams, personal heroes, and peaceful testimonies through art projects and collaborative community activities! Don’t miss one of the most popular festivals of the season!

Contact (410) 547-9000, ext. 300 or for more information.


All performances take place in the Graham Auditorium, Lower Level & Level 1

  • 10:00 am Baltimore Urban Debate League presents award-winning student speeches
  • 11:00 am Rayn Fall Dance Ensemble and Dancing Many Drums Theatre Group perform Daybreak of Silence: The Great Society
  • 12:00 pm Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech (1963)
  • 1:30 pm Sparky & Rhonda Rucker perform Freedom is a Constant Struggle
  • 3:00 pm Urban Artistry performs Fast Feet, Spin and Glide

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Mighty Message Megaphones, Studio A, Family Art Center
  • Kids Build Community, Studio B, Family Art Center
  • Pay-It-Forward Tokens, Level 2 Lobby

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Helping Hands Community Project, Sculpture Court, Level 2A

10:00 am - 3:00 pm MLK Day of Service Sculpture Court, Level 2A

  • Meet and learn about community organizations.
  • Collaborate with new friends on the Kids Build Community project!
  • Play in the Early Childhood Community Helper Corner!

Meet Waltee! Keep an eye out for our cuddly lion cub and give him a hug!

Family Programs are supported by the Robert E. and Jane B. Meyerhoff Fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation

PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY: The Walters Art Museum occasionally photographs Family Programs activities for future promotional purposes. If you do not want your child photographed, please notify the museum in writing.

Did we take your picture? Look for festival pictures posted on our Flickr page,


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