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Celebrate MLK Day in Boston

Posted by Jamie Reysen  January 14, 2011 01:16 PM

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Poet and educator Nikki Giovanni
Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day, the national holiday honoring Dr. King and his contemporaries' nonviolent fight for civil rights in America. Here are four free, family-friendly ways to spend the day:

- "Rosa's Ride": Start the morning with a short musical play about Rosa Parks, who stood up for what she believed in without leaving her seat. For ages five and up. Registration required. 10:30-11:30 a.m. JFK Library, Columbia Point, Boston. 617-514-1644. jfklibrary.org

- Tribute concert: Classical and spiritual music join forces with freedom songs in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's afternoon tribute concert. Well-known (and our favorite) poet Nikki Giovanni will deliver the keynote speech, and local leaders will read excerpts from Dr. King's writings and speeches. 1 p.m., Faneuil Hall. 617-353-3359, bysoweb.org or maah.org

- Give back : Have the day off? Why not lend a hand? The City of Boston and Boston Cares will come together to host two volunteer sessions with several different service projects. Register at bostoncares.org or cityofboston.gov. 9:30 a.m.-noon, 12:30-3 p.m., Curley School, 493 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain. 617-635-3251.

- Museum of Fine Arts Open House: Catch a performance by the Women of the World (an ensemble of women from around the world) and a series of short films that focus on tradition, culture, and identity. Round out the day with a tour or art-making activities like quilting and brush painting. 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m., MFA, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston. 617-267-9300, mfa.org

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