Community Event: The People’s Holiday
- Monday, January 16, 2023
- 11:00am - 3:00pm
This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples’ holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream. Coretta Scott King
Who was Dr. King?
This event will explore inspiration and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Who inspired him, who did he inspire, and what was he like as a person? Through hands-on activities, tours, music, and food visitors can discover answers to these questions.
Highlights of the day include music by Rex Carnegie and the House Band performing music inspired by Dr. King and written by musical legends featured in the Museum’s collection; a service project that will benefit unhoused and foster children; and “Eat Like a King,” a culinary station in the Sweet Home Café featuring Dr. King’s favorite foods for purchase, including “Quilly” which was a beloved dessert made by Dr. King’s mother, Alberta Williams King.
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What Dr. King liked to eat
I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. From Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech 1964
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came back home to Atlanta from Sweden after being awarded the Nobel Prize he wanted a good southern meal of ribs, collard greens, and baked sweet potatoes. According to his mother, Alberta Williams King, he also wanted his favorite dessert “Quilly.” This was the name the children had given this dessert of hers. Mrs. King, Sr. speculated that they named it that because it was garnished with spikes of thin sugar wafers.”
Dr. King & Music
Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.
This is triumphant music.
Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Address for the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival
The People’s Holiday
We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back. From Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech