On Monday, January 18, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, honoring his legacy feels more significant and urgent than ever. Introduce children to the civil rights leader and enhance their understanding of the ongoing fight for racial equality with virtual family-friendly programs from California African American Museum, L.A. Works and more. And if you’re looking for ways to give back to your community on this day of service, we’ve also got three at-home volunteer opportunities for you to do with kids. Read on for all the details.

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Virtual Events

2021 California African American Museum’s MLK Celebration
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day immersed in music, culture, and community. The virtual event culminates with a special family program, featuring children’s author Alice Faye Duncan who will read from her book, Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968. Event details.

L.A. Works’ MLK Day of Service
L.A. Works will continue our longstanding tradition of organizing Angelenos in service and activism (virtually and in-person) to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join your fellow Angelenos at one or more of the following projects at this event designed to build upon the anti-racism movement. Activities include: Virtual March on Washington in Minecraft: Take a tour through the fully recreated National Mall in Minecraft and interact with civil rights leaders who paved the way and are continuing the fight for Dr. King’s dream of a just and equitable society for all. Event details.

Westside Coalition’s MLK Day Celebration
Don’t miss this virtual MLK concert, featuring the Santa Monica High School choir and the Peace Player Drummers. There will also be a Community Light Award presentation, as well as education awards given to local students, and a special appearance by Congresswoman Karen Bass. Event details.

Where Do We Go from Here? MLK Documentary Film Festival
For this year’s King Holiday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University will host a free, webinar and film festival, from Jan. 15 through Jan.18. On the eve of the presidential inauguration, the festival will feature 20 documentaries, musical performances and conversations that speak to Dr. King’s unanswered question: “Where do we go from here?” For kids, there’s Friday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Through the Eyes of Children and Monday’s We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest. Event details.

The National Archives Comes Alive: Meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is portrayed by the Reverend Dr. John Moore, an internationally recognized minister and orator who has spoken and portrayed Dr. King at schools, colleges, churches, and organizational gatherings throughout the nation. Dr. King’s words that inspired the civil rights movement are brought to life for young learners. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Event details

Volunteer Opportunities

Assemble Welcome Home & Hygiene Kits for Step Up
Help Santa Monica-based Step Up create these kits to serve those who are suffering from mental health issues and recovering from homelessness. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could even start up your own donation drive, to collect everything you’ll need to assemble multiple kits. Check out Step Up’s volunteer page to learn more.

Create Kits for PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
Similar to Step Up, PATH needs welcome home kits and personal hygiene kits, along with food support kits for seniors. You can visit L.A. Works for more information.

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