MLK Day of Service 2014


What are you doing for others?

Today, January 20th, is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Over 115,000 people will participate in service projects in the Philadelphia area. There are also many celebrations, commemorating the life and legacy of Dr King. If you are not in the Philadelphia area, search the web for events going on near you and please get involved.

Sharing the Heritage Celebration at the African-American Museum in Philadelphia

Enjoy free admission to the African-American Museum all day and celebrate with special events and activities including hands-on service projects, a Community Celebration with live performances, readings and more from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Arts & Service Workshop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be opening its doors Monday for a day-long Arts & Service Workshop featuring activities for all ages. Arts and crafts created will be donated local service organizations while The Camden Sophisticated Sisters & The Distinguished Brothers of CSS will provide live entertainment.

Day of Service at the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a day-long commemoration on Monday, January 20. Throughout the day, enjoy $5 admission to the museum and access to special service projects, performances and activities. The celebration is part of the National Constitution Center’s new series of Macy’s Family Days at the Constitution Center, courtesy of The Macy’s Foundation.

Martin Luther King Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during the holiday weekend. Listen to excerpts read from Dr. King’s letter–written 50 years ago three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. New this year, children ages 7-12 can create artwork in response to the letter from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. The events are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available online here or at the door subject to availability.

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with showings of his iconic “I Have A Dream” on the walls of Franklin Hall at the top of every hour. Additional events include an “African American Scientists Scavenger Hunt” and the creation of a wall of dreams.

MLK Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History will be free all day as the museum commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Have your words turned into colorful art by Philadelphia muralists and take part in a special screening of the documentary From Swastika to Jim Crow with filmmaker Steve Fischler at 2 p.m.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Come and celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Volunteers will be collecting school supplies to be donated to local public schools during the free community concert. Tickets are first-come, first-serve and limited to four tickets per person.


MLK Day of Service 2014: It’s not a day off, it’s an opportunity to give back and get involved.



Chrystal Webb

Chrystal is a first year radiology resident, who likes to blog about her life outside of medicine and random things she enjoys.

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