MLK Jr. Day Celebration: Breaking Down Barriers


Newark Museum of Art


Jan 18, 2021 - Jan 18, 2021

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM





Music performance inspired by MLK Jr., Video Drop – 10 a.m.
Recommended for all ages

Start your MLK Jr. Day with this inspiring musical performance, directed by Chinah Blac. Featuring historical and contemporary footage, the continuing fight for equality is explored and celebrated with passion, love, and hope.

Artmaking: Hair Love, with Adebunmi Gbadebo – 10:30 a.m.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Inspired by the animated short film Hair Love (2019), this hands-on workshop will teach you ways to create art that reflects who you are.


Adebunmi Gbadebo is a visual artist who creates sculptures, paintings, prints, and paper using human hair sourced from people of the African diaspora. Rejecting traditional art materials, Gbadebo saw hair as a means to center her people and their histories as central to the narratives in her work.


Artmaking: Create Sneakers that Send a Message! – Noon

Recommended for ages 6 and up
Learn how to transform a pair of sneakers in this fun art-making activity.

Poetry Performance: The Power of Words, Video Drop – 1:30 p.m.

Watch this powerful spoken word performance with Alexis Green exploring freedom and justice, from the height of the Civil Rights Movement to now.


‘I Have a Dream’ Speech, Recited by The Newark Museum of Art Explorers Program, Video Drop – 2 p.m.

See Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech delivered by our youth program.


Performance: Evolution of African-American Music – 3 p.m.
Recommended for all ages

Take a trip through African-American history via music and performance, showcasing how Dr. King’s dream marches on.


Community Project: Boundary Breaking Women, with Bria Goeller, creator of Ruby and Kamala, 4:30 p.m.

Join us for an interactive community project. Bria Goeller also discusses her now-famous image of Ruby Bridges and Kamala Harris, what it means, and how it came to be created.


MLK Jr. Trivia Game – ongoing

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Enjoy our free MLK Jr.-themed online trivia game! Test your knowledge and learn fascinating facts.


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Programs are on ZOOM and live on social media channels.  For more information on any of the day’s activities or to learn more, visit



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