Marking King's legacy

January 11, 2007|By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Lori Sears | Sarah Kickler Kelber and Lori Sears,Sun reporters

Celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the weekend and through Tuesday. Monday marks the 78th anniversary of King's birth. In recognition, museums, art centers and other venues around the area are honoring King's dreams and vision with an array of gallery tours, artistic events, film showings and family activities.

Here is just a sampling:

Museum activities -- On Monday, the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will offer a variety of tours, including "The Image of the Black in Art" at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The museum also will present a film of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, show a kid-friendly cartoon on his life and offer hands-on activities in the Family Art Center. Free. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org.

Great Blacks program -- Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham Sr., president of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will speak and pay homage to King at 6 p.m. Monday at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601-03 E. North Ave. Free with museum admission: $6-$9; free for ages 2 and younger and members. Call 410-563-3404 or go to ngbiwm.com.

FOR THE RECORD - A listing in the December/January issue of Unisun and yesterday's issue of LIVE named the wrong conductor for Tuesday's Soulful Symphony tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Andrew Constantine will conduct the program, and Darin Atwater will be host.

Soulful Symphony -- Tuesday night at 8, conductor Darin Atwater leads the Soulful Symphony in a musical tribute to King at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $15-$55. Call 410-783-8000 or go to baltimoresymphony.org.

Carroll programs -- The Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St. in Westminster, offers a number of programs Monday. At 10:30 a.m., the Disney TV movie Ruby Bridges will be screened. From noon to 2 p.m., there will be a workshop on making African masks. The Sankofa Dance Troupe will perform at 2 p.m.; tickets are $7-$10. At 7 p.m., Morgan State University Professor Emeritus Tom Cripps will lecture on "Movies, Race and World War II." Events are free unless otherwise noted. Call 410-848-7272 or go to www.carr.org/arts.

Rockville celebration -- Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road in Rockville, hosts the city's annual King celebration. Monday at noon, former WJLA-TV news anchor Paul Berry will present an interpretation of King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail" and discuss education. There also will be musical entertainment. Free. Call 240-314-5022.

"I Have a Dream Weekend" -- Saturday-Monday, Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, offers a passel of events all weekend, including films, crafts, dance performances and Kindersinger performances. Monday at 1 p.m., soprano Janice Chandler will sing. Admission to the museum is $10.75; free for ages younger than 2. Call 410-727-8120 or go to portdiscov ery.org for hours and more details.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade -- Monday at noon, the city's seventh annual parade honoring King kicks off at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, heads south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and ends at Fayette Street. The parade will include marching bands, balloons, floats and community groups. Call 877-BALTIMORE or go to promotionand arts.com.

"The Skin You Live In" -- The Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Road in Annapolis, offers two programs about "skin color differences and how we are all the same" on Monday. The first, 10:30 a.m.-noon, is for kindergarten-age children. The second, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., is for children ages 6-12. Admission is $7 and free for adults. Call 410-990-1993 or go to www.theccm.org.

Commemoration -- The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., hosts "Commemoration: Our Beloved Community: Lessons Learned From Martin Luther King Jr." noon-5 p.m. Monday. The program offers lectures, freedom songs, crafts, films, community booths and more. Free with museum admission, $6-$8, and free for ages 6 and younger and members. Call 443-263-1800 or go to africanamericanculture.org.

Pastor talk -- Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, the founder and senior pastor of Harlem's Believers Christian Fellowship Church, presents the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lecture at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St., 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Call 410-396-5430 or go to www.epfl.net.sarah.kelber@baltsun.com lori.sears@baltsun.com

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