“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Art transforms Dr. King’s life and teachings into meaningful service opportunities, which empower and strengthen our community. Our annual event follows the stewardship model so closely embraced by Museum co-founder James Michener.
The efforts of a local high school student helped the Michener host its first MLK program in 2011. Over fifty students from Palisades High School joined with Neighborhood First, an organization in Lower Bucks County that works with at-risk youth. They spent the day baking cookies, painting t-shirts, making blankets, and writing letters to government officials about homelessness, poverty, and education. Their collaborative efforts provided a much-needed service to the Bucks County Housing Group, an organization that supports 13 housing shelters and serves thousands of homeless children and families throughout the county.
In the years that followed, we have partnered with other community organizations in meaningful ways to reach children, families, and Michener volunteers in honor of Dr. King. We have listened to international performers share stories and songs about Dr. King’s life and legacy. We heard Charlotte Blake Alston tell inspiring tales of
African and African American traditions. We have learned about Rosa Parks, Birmingham, and the I Have a Dream speech. We initiated a letter writing exchange between Bucks County families and Maasai children living in Kenya.
A partnership with The Hexagon Project focused on enhancing understanding of global interdependence and conflict resolution.
Interactive Education Gallery exhibitions in the months of December and January often present the Michener community with meaningful ways to further understand the life and work of Dr. King.
The Martin Luther King Day of Service is generously sponsored by the Leff Family Foundation.