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Museum Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Family-friendly day and Chicago Voices program commemorate the life of Dr. King

The Chicago History Museum presents “Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King featuring music performances, craft activities, storytelling and more.

The annual favorite family-friendly event takes place on Monday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum. Museum admission is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day.

Visitors can enjoy a production of “The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights,” by Writers Theatre and a musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir, along with storytelling and crafts for kids that reflect Dr. King’s messages of peace and justice. Award-winning storyteller Oba William King will perform a reenactment of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

A full schedule of the day’s activities and events can be found at

For visitors looking to learn more about Civil Rights, the Chicago Voices program “Gospel: Mahalia Jackson & the Civil Rights Movement,” revisits gospel legend Mahalia Jackson and her contributions to the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. The program will be held on Dr. King’s Birthday, Sunday, January 15 at 5 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum.

Mahalia Jackson’s choir robe, a letter addressed to Jackson from Dr. King and other rarely seen Civil Rights artifacts from the Museum’s collection will be on display for the evening. Panelists include Robert Marovich, author of “A City Called Heaven: Chicago & the Birth of Gospel Music;” Joy Bivins, director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum; and Johari Jabir, associate professor of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Members of the renowned Trinity United Church of Christ gospel choir will perform live.

The program is part of Chicago Voices TALK, a series of three panel discussions and live performances presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Chicago History Museum. Tickets for the general public are $10 (or $25 for all three panels) and can be purchased at Discounted tickets are available to students, Lyric Opera subscribers, and Chicago History Museum members by calling 312- 642-4600.


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

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