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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Events in the Art Museum District

Eastern State Penitentiary

JANUARY 18, 2021, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Dr. Martin Luther King Day (VIRTUAL)

Free. Live-streamed on Facebook and via Zoom webinar. Join Eastern State Penitentiary online as we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Engage in special virtual readings from the landmark text – led by students, educators, activists, and community members – and respond to its relevance today. Between each session, special guests will provide space for reflection and connection as they share music, poetry, and art. Reading Themes:

  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am ET – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm ET – “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever.”

  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm ET – “Why direct action?”

  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm ET – “The white moderate…”

  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET – “My dear fellow Clergymen…”

  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm ET – “The radiant stars of love…”

The event is comprised of six 30-minute, back-to-back sessions, so feel free to participate in just one session or tune in for all six.


Get Tested for COVID-19 at Girard College

Each year, Global Citizen hosts the signature event for the King Day of Service at Girard College. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girard College will be open on King Day (January 18, 2021) to administer free COVID-19 tests to anyone in need. This event is in partnership with the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium.


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