Celebrating King’s life and legacy

Though the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, the official celebration of his life won’t take place until Jan. 21. Mark your calendars, then, for the Bruce Museum’s Winter Family Day of hands-on arts projects and performances designed to explore King’s legacy and teachings.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can create art inspired by King’s values of compassion, love, courage and forgiveness and engage in community-minded activities. Or you can enjoy performances by the Bright Star Touring Theatre Co.

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Bright Star specializes in literary-, curriculum- and character education-based performances. “Heroes of the Underground” (11 a.m.) tells the story of the brave men and women who dared to escape slavery and the people, like Harriett Tubman and Henry “Box” Brown, who helped them along the way.

“Let It Shine” (1 p.m.) brings to life the leading figures of the Freedom Riders of the 1960s with inspiring songs of the American Civil Rights Movement. The plays are 45 minutes long and include a Q & A. Seating for the performances is limited, so please arrive early to ensure a space for you and your children.

Families are encouraged to give back on MLK Day and will receive free admission to Winter Family Day by contributing to the museum’s community food and clothing drive with Neighbor to Neighbor, a nonprofit dedicated to serving residents in need throughout the Greenwich area. Staples like oatmeal, canned fruit and dried beans are most needed. Household items are also welcome, in particular gloves, hats, mittens and diapers.

For more, visit brucemuseum.org.

Georgette Gouveia

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