So much to remember, to reflect and to celebrate when it comes to the inspiring life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that we have a national holiday to honor him- “At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.” It falls on the third Monday of the month to commemorate King’s birthday which is January 15th.
To truly observe the holiday, there are a number of activities in Rochester that are not only fun, they’re meaningful too. Let’s take a look:
1. MLK Skate to Commemorate at Manhattan Square Park
Mon. Jan. 19
12:00 p.m., 1:50 p.m. & 3:40 p.m.
$2 admission fee waived with a donation of 2 new, non-perishable hygiene, cleaning, or household items.
Arrive 20 min. early to make sure you get skates
2. Free Family Day at the George Eastman House
On Monday January 19, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at George Eastman House
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the museum will be open with free admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
View current exhibitions, take a tour of the historic house, and do hands-on children’s activities in the Donna Fielding Discovery Room. Throughout the day, docents will be available to answer questions in Dawoud Bey:The Birmingham Project, and Lisa Hostetler, curator-in-charge of the Department of Photography, will give a tour of the exhibition. In the Dryden Theatre, we will present three screenings of Spike Lee’s documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, 4 Little Girls (1997).
For a full listing of the day’s agenda, check out the website.
3. MLK Jr. Celebration: Inside-Out at the Rochester Museum and Science Center
Here’s a snippet from the website:
4. Gospel Songfest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and the Black Student Caucus of CRCDS are proud to announce the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Songfest, which takes place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Aenon Baptist Church, in Rochester, NY. Stories, songs and dances that you won’t want to miss!
5. MLK Fun Day Vacation Club at the YMCA
This action packed day will include a celebration in honor of MLK Jr. at the Strong Museum and Play. You don’t have to be a member to join in the fun, but you do need to register today!
This movie commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. While not completely historically accurate, it does tell the story well enough to have been nominated for an Oscar for best picture and many think there should have been more nominations. President Obama is actually having his own private screening of the film to kick off the holiday weekend!
You may just decide to take a quiet moment of reflection to remember the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work. All of us can shed a little light. Enjoy this special tribute:
We all have dreams and if yours include home ownership, we are happy to assist! Have a fantastic Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no matter how you celebrate it!