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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Of Service In Philly

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • January 14, 2012
    • Dear Fan of Dr. King
      • Dear Fan of Dr. King

Philadelphia commemorates Dr. King’s January 15 birthday in a large way. In fact, Philly is home to the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in the country. Last year over 75,000 volunteers served in 1,200 projects in the 17th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Want to get in on giving back? Come to Philly to commemorate Dr. King's legacy on Monday, January 16, by taking part in some of the programs happening around the city.

    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      • Photo Credit: Photograph by Julian Wasser/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

MLK Day picks:

Girard College Hosts MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 16, 2012

Girard College

2101 South College Avenue

Girard College will be the host site for the MLK Day of Service for the third year. The theme this year is focused on fighting hunger and helping people find jobs. The main project aims to pack 100,000 meals, in partnership with Stop Hunger Now, an international relief program. A "Jobs and Opportunity Fair" will be held at the college with 20 local employers and to 500 job seekers, as well as career workshops.

Mural Arts' Community Murals: Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 16

8 am - 12 pm noon

Girard College

2101 South College Avenue

Join Mural Arts at Girard College this MLK Day to participate in mural-making and clay-making activities. 

The schedule for activities at Girard College is as follows: 

8:00 a.m.          Civic Engagement Expo and Health & Wellness Fair open
9:00 a.m.          Opening Ceremony
9:30 a.m.          Service projects and Kids’ Carnival open
12:00 p.m.        Service projects begin reflection activity; lunch distributed

Advance registration is required.  Register here.

Citizens Bank Foundation Presents…Sharing the Heritage!

Monday, January 16

11 am - 5 pm

The African American Musem in Philadelphia (AAMP)

701 Arch Street

Join AAMP, Citizens Bank, and their partners, neighbors and volunteers for a day of service and celebration of the life and principles of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy a full day of activities, entertainment, opportunities for service-learning. Music and dance performances provided by Freedom Choir of Philadelphia, Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Philadelphia Clef Club Youth Jazz Ensemble, Leonard "Doc" Gibbs

This year’s program includes:

Trailblazers to Freedom Traveling Trunk Presentations

Readings by Sharing the Heritage Essay Contest Winners

Facepainting with Mlanjeni Magical Theater, Historical Reenactments

Arts and Crafts Activities for Children and Families

Philabundance Food Drive 

Historical Scavenger Hunt

Opportunities to Record Your Thoughts on Dr. King's Life and Legacy

Insider tip: There will be a chance to meet the Philly Phanatic! This event is free.


The Franklin Institute Celebrates MLK Day

Monday, January 16

11 am - 2 pm

The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th Street

Join The Franklin as they celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with activities and events. Check out the activitiy schedule.
11 am - 2 pm           Storytime - Reading of "Martin's Big Words" at KidScience
Top of every hour    "I Have a Dream" Speech Screening at Ben Franklin National Memorial
11 am - 2 pm           "I Have a Dream" Coloring Activity at Key Hall
11 am - 2 pm           Scavenger Hunt at Key Hall

MLK Day at the National Constitution Center

Monday, January 16

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street

The National Constitution Center commemorates MLK Day with service projects, musical and dramatic performances and special craft activities. Plus, it's the last chance to catch  Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We the People”? on the last day
of its three-month run. Access to Fighting for Democracy and the Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events is FREE with museum admission. There will be a quilting and sewing service project benefiting the Women Against Abuse shelter.

11 am - 1 pm      MLK-themed sing along in Kirby Auditorium

Noon & 2 pm      Reading of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech by local students at actors

4 - 5 pm              Staff led "Relfection Session"

Insider tip: The Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events are FREE with museum admission.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Monday, January 16

2:30 pm (Doors open at 2:15 pm)

Martin Luther King High School

6100 Stenton Avenue

The Philadelphia Orchestra is holding its 22nd annual free Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert. The orchestra will play alongside the School District of Philadelphia’s All City Choir. Charlotte Blake Alston will narrate readings from Dr. King. Reserve your spot online.

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