Honor the life & legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with these weekend celebrations, virtual events, and volunteer opportunities throughout the region. Read on to see how you can get involved in your community!
1. Volunteer with Global Citizen
Global Citizen is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to promote, lead, and advance social justice efforts through ongoing civic engagement among diverse groups.
Areas of focus include poverty, racial equity, citizen action, community volunteering, literacy education, service learning, community building, public health, economic opportunity, digital inclusion, the environment, leadership development, and civic dialogues.
Get Involved: Join Global Citizen for their annual King Day of Service
Global Citizen works with a vast network of community organizations to maintain a comprehensive registry of King Day activities happening on or around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day each year.
Sign up today to volunteer for activities like…
- Serving meals to those experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia
- Organizing the donation of books and school supplies at the School Supplies Drive at the National Constitution Center
- Joining Philadelphia Youth Basketball for an Outdoor Center Cleanup and Community Conversation
- Sorting and packing food to be distributed to programs throughout the Hunger Relief Center
- Registering others to vote with the Voter Registration Drive at The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Check out this portal to find the projects you are interested in near you (or ones to take part in virtually using this filtered search!), and use this volunteer checklist so you can prepare for a meaningful King Day experience.
Bonus! Looking for your next gig? Join Global Citizen for their King Day Jobs and Opportunity Fair
Global Citizen, in partnership with The Urban League of Philadelphia, is hosting its 11th annual Jobs & Opportunity Fair as part of the King Day of Service on January 17, 2022, from 10am-2pm. You can find the full schedule for the Fair here, and secure your spot to meet with employers like Giant, UPS, Cigna, and more today!
2. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center will honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s lifelong dedication to justice, equality, and service for the greater good with free online educational programs throughout January, as well as special programming and free admission to the museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17, 2022 from 10am to 5pm.
See the full museum lineup for MLK Day here, including live online programming, online resources, and more.
3. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution
Join the Museum to honor the life, service, and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over MLK Weekend, discovering the ongoing legacy of the American Revolution and learning what it takes to change the world.
View the full list of events, taking place at the Museum of the American Revolution from January 15-17, 2022, here.
4. MLK Weekend Celebration at The African American Museum in Philadelphia
The African American Museum in Philadelphia and Citizens invite audiences to join the Museum for a full weekend of enriching, fun, and inspirational activities celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thanks to the generous support of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, The African American Museum in Philadelphia will offer $2 admission on January 15 and 16, and free admission on January 17.
See the full lineup, including in-person, virtual, and hybrid activities here, and make your plan to get involved with your community this MLK Day.
5. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert at The Philadelphia Orchestra
Join Yannick and Your Philadelphia Orchestra in honoring the life and work of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrating our Philadelphia community with the uniting power of music.
The concert is free, but tickets are required. Secure your ticket here! Seating is general admission and on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
Please note: Tickets do not guarantee entry. Doors will open at 12:30 PM.