MLK Day Celebration

by Peabody Essex Museum



MLK Day Celebration

Date & Time

January 16

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Peabody Essex Museum
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Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St
, MA

About this Event

Join us as we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the intersection of creativity and community. Celebrate this monumental day by centering Dr. King’s values of equality, freedom and civic inclusion. Through performances, workshops and art making, PEM invites visitors to reflect on the progress we have made in our communities – and the work that remains as we strive for a more just society.

Storytelling and Art Making

10:30 am–11:30 pm| PEM Pals
Garden Atrium, Gallery 115

“I wonder, then, what freedom is. Is it a place? Is it a thought? Can it be stolen? Can it be bought?” Join us for a special PEM Pals reading of the book Freedom, We Sing by Amyra León, followed by a hands-on activity inspired by the book.

Designed for children (5 and under) and their caregivers, PEM Pals aims to engage and excite all of the senses through books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities. This program is held on the First Friday of the month at 10:30 am. Next session is on Friday, February 3. We will also host a special PEM Pals session for Lunar New Year (Saturday, January 28).


12:00–12:45 pm | Jazzmyn RED
Main Atrium

Gather with us in the Main Atrium for a special performance of hip-hop and soul music from MC, singer, poet and hip-hop activist Jazzmyn RED.

Art Making

1:00, 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 pm | Pour Art with Rahim Gray
Create Space Studios

Explore fluid acrylics and create your own work of art with local artist and instructor Rahim Gray!

To allow for instructor demonstrations, this activity is offered once every half hour for groups of no more than 20 people. Please reserve your ticket the same day at the admissions or information desk.


2:00–3:00 pm | Music of the Movement: Exploring Music’s Connection to Social Justice
Garden Atrium, Gallery 115
Recommended for ages 12 and up

Join Jazzmyn RED to explore the relationship between social justice movements and music. Through this workshop, learn how to find your voice, promote awareness and encourage activism in your own community. Please reserve your ticket the same day at the admissions or information desk.