NMAAHC’s annual community program entitled The People’s Holiday features six-time Grammy award-winning bassist, composer, and educator Christian McBride in a digital performance inspired by his social justice-focused album entitled, The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons. The 45-minute concert of jazz and poetry will feature performances of students from The Julliard School and a poetry reading by award winning poet, Evie Shockley The concert will conclude with a conversation with Christian McBride moderated by Dwandalyn Reece, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs. This concert honors Dr. Kings’ commitment to racial equality, justice, and service.
The People's Holiday has been generously supported by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
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.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Opening Address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival
Day of Service Project Ideas
In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Below we have some suggestions on how you can help others on this day of service.
Find a local charity that is accepting birthday donations. In some regions, there are charities that deliver birthday cheer as their mission. For inspiration about what to include in birthday box an internet search for “donate birthday in box.” Make sure that your donations adhere to your chosen charity’s guideline.
For the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, organizers recommended PB&J sandwiches and an apple for boxed lunches. Peanut Butter is on the 10 ten list for most food pantries and homeless shelters. Check to see if jelly or jam, bread, and apples are also accepted.
NOTE--Before you start, contact your local food bank or family shelter to learn about their current health and safety regulations. If you are working on birthday specific project, check to see if they have suggested guidelines.
A quick internet search using “food bank near me” “family shelters near me” or “foster care near me” will give you a list of suggestions of where to donate.
NOTE--Before you start, contact your local organizations that work with those without housing to learn about their current health and safety regulations.
A quick internet search using “homeless shelter” will give you a list of suggestions of where to donate.
In past years, the Museum has invited visitors to make warm hats and scarves that were then donated to local homeless shelters. This year, we are inviting you to contribute a much-needed, yet infrequently donated, item to your local homeless shelter—socks!
Why socks? Socks keep feet warm and dry; they help protect feet from blisters, cuts, infections, and serious foot conditions. They prevent foot odor, which is both unhealthy and embarrassing.
What kind of socks should you donate?
New socks that are moisture wicking, antimicrobial, have smooth seams, and extra cushioning. Remember that those who are experiencing homelessness may be walking long distances and may have limited access to washing machines.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From a sermon titled “Three Dimensions of a Complete Life”
Create a Wall of Hopeful Voices
2020 was a year unlike any other in recent history. Through tragedy, civil unrest, and isolation we have been called upon to be strong, resilient, and hopeful. Use the talk back board below to let us know what makes you hopeful.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.Martin Luther King, Jr. From Martin Luther King: In My Own Words