Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

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Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Opening Remarks by Village Manager

Wellington's Village Manager, Jim Barnes, invites residents to come together as a community in solidarity, appreciation, and reflection on how we are keeping Dr. King’s ideals alive, to make “the promises of democracy” real. Barnes highlights Wellington's commitment to transforming lives through education, programs, and community engagement. He asks us to reflect, remember, and recommit to continue Dr. King’s work and, as he challenged us, to do our part to make America a better nation.

Life and Thought of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a Climate of Change

With Dr. Terriel Byrd  

This presentation focuses on Dr. King’s remarks, “From Chaos to Community, Where do we go from here?,” with words by Dr. Terriel Byrd, Palm Beach Atlantic University professor, minister and author, notably of “By This Shall We Be Known: Interpreting the Voice and Message of Dr. King, Jr.”

Followed by a discussion by Dr. Byrd on Life and Thought of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a Climate of Change, he came to South Florida in 1999 to teach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Byrd was recently named Fellow in Intercultural Engagement, a position that works to promote diversity, racial equality, and equity on Palm Beach Atlantic University’s campus. Byrd will discuss book chapters from his work, “By This Shall We Be Known,” drawing connections between Dr. King’s words and the current socio-political climate.

My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The older sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shares her outstanding and inspirational story of how one boyhood experience inspired a movement that would change the world as we know it.

Race, Racism, and the Jim Crow Museum: A Discussion with Dr. David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage the museum of diversity & tolerance

Rooted in the Jewish value, respect for all humanity, the Maltz Museum is proud to honor the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special virtual program featuring Dr. David Pilgrim of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.

One of America’s most fascinating museums is housed inside Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia uses racist objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice, examining the historical patterns of race relations and the origins and consequences of racist depictions. The aim is to engage visitors in open and honest dialogues about this country’s racial history. Founder and curator, Dr. David Pilgrim has said, “We are not afraid to talk about race and racism; we are afraid not to.” Join Dr. Pilgrim this MLK Day in a discussion about race, racism, and the Jim Crow Museum. Learn about their teaching methods and the belief in the triumph of dialogue. Followed by a Q&A.

David pilgrim founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, Online

About Featured Speaker, Dr. David Pilgrim
 Dr. David Pilgrim, an applied sociologist with a doctorate from The Ohio State University, is the founder and Director of the Jim Crow Museum, the nation’s largest, publicly accessible collection of racist objects, located at Ferris State University where he serves as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. A prolific writer, Dr. Pilgrim is the author of 
Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice (PM Press, 2015) as well as countless additional writings used by scholars, students, and civil rights and human rights workers to better understand historical and contemporary expressions of racism. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio, Time magazine, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and dozens of newspapers, including the New York TimesWashington PostBoston GlobeChicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

Virtual Tour of the Jim Crow Museum

Take a virtual tour of the Jim Crow Museum prior to the conversation with Dr. Pilgrim. Bring your questions to the 3 PM event.

Picture showing the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

“Infinite Hope” 

A special celebration in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Infinite Hope Karamu House A joyful gathering place

We are grateful to Karamu House, located in Cleveland, Ohio for partnering with us and allowing us to provide their virtual programming opportunities for this special day.  Founded in 1915, Karamu House is a place of joyful gathering (the meaning of ‘Karamu” in Swahili), where people from different races, religions, and economic backgrounds come together through the arts. Recognized as the oldest, producing African American theatre in the nation, Karamu House is featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Beginning on Monday, January 18, 2021 (through Sunday, January 24), Karamu House will premiere “Infinite Hope,” a special celebration in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This 50-minute virtual presentation of spoken word, song, and dance is FREE to the community, but registration is required.

Tickets (virtual access passes) are FREE, but registration is required. Once registered, you will receive a link to the video (available for unlimited viewing throughout all the full week, starting on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 18, 2021)

Register for Infinite Hope: An MLK Tribute

Additional Resources and Information

With Infinite Hope Martin Luther King and The Civil Rights Movement

A documentary produced by faculty and students in the Roy H.  Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and Memphis PBS affiliate WKNO-TV.

Virtual Tour of the Lincoln Memorial Steps

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" Speech Engraving on Lincoln Memorial Steps

BlackPast.org online reference center

BlackPast.org is an online reference center for African American history. Visit this site to find information and materials on African American history, including an online encyclopedia of more than 4,000 entries, the complete transcript of more than 300 speeches by African Americans, more than 140 full-text documents, bibliographies, and timelines, in addition to more than 200 other website resources on African-American and global African history.

It also features a Perspectives Online Magazine which features commentary of important but little known events in black history often written by the individuals who participated in or witnessed them.  To date, more than 100 articles have appeared.