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A Baptist minister and champion of nonviolent activism, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential figures of the civil rights movement. He spent considerable time in Chicago protesting racial discrimination, particularly in housing and education. Explore ways the Chicago History Museum continues to preserve and amplify King’s legacy of action and activism in our annual family-friendly event.

The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be streaming throughout the day with the exception of the Social Studies | Hands on History workshop, which will be streamed live at 1:00 p.m. through the link below.

We have included a suggested agenda but please feel free to participate in sessions that appeal to you at times that work with your schedule.

Charles E. Bethea, CHM Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs

Social Studies | Space
CHM assistant curator Julius L. Jones shares places and spaces where Dr. King was active in Chicago with Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago, a self-guided virtual tour created in partnership with Vamonde.
All ages welcome

Social Studies | Conversation
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington moderates a discussion with exhibition curator Joy L. Bivins and CHM assistant curator Brittany Hutchinson about the creation of our exhibition Remembering Dr. King: 1929–1968.
Recommended for 6th grade and up


Art Workshops

    • Social Studies | Hands-on History*
      Protest Signs arts workshop with teaching artist Justin Ricks

  • 1:00 p.m. – LIVE Social Studies | Hands-on History*
    Reimagining King Drive with teaching artist Justin Ricks
    All ages welcome

Social Studies | Theater
Storytelling with Gwen Hilary and Enoch Robinson
All ages welcome

Social Studies | Conversation
Join Peter T. Alter, CHM chief historian and director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History, and Blanche Suggs-Killingsworth, head of the North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society, for a talk on Dr. King’s activism in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood and how it has inspired contemporary activism there.
Recommended for 6th grade and up

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