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Official Website:Celebrate MLK's Legacy at EMK Institute
Venue:Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute for the U.S. Senate
Location:Columbia Point 210 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA, 02125
Dates:Saturday, January 14, 2017
Hours:10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost:Free see below
Category:Special Events

Celebrate MLK's Legacy at EMK InstituteOn Saturday, January 14, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate will honor Martin Luther King Jr. by bringing his legacy to life with activities and programs for children and families.

Learn about the history of the civil rights movement in Great Senate Debates: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, share your own dreams for the future by contributing to the Institute’s participatory exhibit, and follow Martin Luther King Jr.’s example of public service by making a Valentine for a local veteran.

Activities and Programs Schedule:

10:00am-5:00pm: Tour the Institute
11:00am: Great Senate Debate: Civil Rights Act of 1964
11:30am-4:00pm: Contribute to the “I have a Dream” word collage
11:30am-4:00pm: Create Valentines for Veterans
1:00pm: Great Senate Debate: Civil Rights Act of 1964
1:30pm: Future Senator program
2:30pm: Future Senator program
3:00pm: Great Senate Debate: Civil Right Act of 1964

Great Senate Debates: The Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Institute brings the decisive deliberation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to life through the Great Senate Debate program; including archival footage of Martin Luther King and reenactments of pivotal speeches by legendary Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Robert Byrd, and Everett Dirksen.

Make your own “I Have a Dream” pledge
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to his dream of equality for all people. The Institute invites kids to share their hopes and dreams for the future, and brainstorm how they will work to make them a reality by contributing to this collaborative word collage.

Valentines for Vets
Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” Answer King’s question by giving back to those in your community who fought for your Country. Through the Institute’s Valentines for Vets program children can design a valentine to be sent to a local veterans. The Institute has partnered with local VA hospitals to distribute the valentines.

Future Senator
It’s never too early to get involved! The live Future Senator with Ruff Ruffman! program introduces 5 through 11 year-old visitors to the legislative process. Inside the Institute’s full-scale Senate Chamber, young “Future Senators” are introduced to an issue relevant to kids: whether the US government should require a longer school day.

Tour the Institute
Tour the Institute any time throughout the day. Visit Senator Kennedy’s Office to view photographs documenting his relationship to MLK and engage with our digital exhibits, including profiles of Senators and non-elected officials who have made a difference in improving the lives of Americans over the years.

The Institute is located on Columbia Point in Dorchester, next to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.


Registration is required for this free event


Columbia Point 210 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA, 02125 map

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
210 William T Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125

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