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Celebrate MLK Day at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (Photos)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is a federal holiday that commemorates the birthday of American civil right leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFA) in holding a special Open House to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, from 10 am–4:45 pm on Monday, January 21st, this year’s official Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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The Boston MFA Martin Luther King Jr. Day event is free of charge and includes activities for both children and adults, including art-making activities, live musical performances, tours, and more. The MFA Open House will also provide live streaming coverage of the 57th presidential inauguration, which is also taking place on Monday, January 21st.

Lawrence K “Larry” Watson of Boston’s Berklee College of Music will headline the day’s musical performances. Watson will present "A Tribute to Martin Luther King: A Celebration of Activism” and will be accompanied by a full band.

Watson and his group will perform “New Song of Freedom” and other music that will take “audiences back to a time when music honored differences and human and civil rights,” according to the MFA. The Watson performance is sponsored by the Berklee College of Music Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement.

Later in the day, the MFA Teen Arts Council will deliver an original spoken word and musical performance, including an intergenerational 50th-anniversary reading of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Also scheduled is a display of paintings by artist Lois Mailou Jones at the museum’s Gallery 231. Jones used her art as a way to support the Civil Rights Movement, according to information from the MFA. Visitors are invited to gather in the Shapiro Family Courtyard after viewing the exhibit to make collages inspired by Jone's work,

During the MLK Day Open House, The MFA will also show art work created by students throughout the Boston area. These young artists learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, and his lasting impact through the MFA Community Arts Initiative partner organizations.

Each student group created collaborative mixed-media collages, which will be on view during MLK Day Open House in the Shapiro Family Courtyard. Student groups that will show work during the MLK Open House at the Boston MFA include:

* Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club of Boston
* Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
* Charlestown Boys & Girls Club of Boston
* Chelsea Boys & Girls Club of Boston
* Roxbury Boys & Girls Club of Boston
* South Boston Boys & Girls Club of Boston
* United South End Settlements
* West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston/Brighton

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is located on Huntington Avenue in Boston

View a complete listing of the MLK Open House on Monday, January 21st.

For directions and additional information about the exhibit and the MFA visit the museum website.

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