11 Family-Friendly Boston Activities to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Hear Her Sing for Freedom

January 13-16 :: Cambridge

Experience the brilliance of Coretta Scott King through this new work presenting a freedom concert and an exploration her legacy.

MLK Day of Service: Community Give Back Day

January 14 :: Boston

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday with the MLK Day of Service Community Give Back Day. This free fun family event includes giveaways, employment information, health and wellness screenings, local vendors, gift bags, fresh fruits and vegetables, dental kits and screenings, and much more!

28th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon

January 14 :: Malden

The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon serves to honor those in the community who embody his ideals, passion, and commitment to service. This year’s keynote speaker is Chief Lester Baker of the Framingham Police Department. Honorees include Building Bridges Through Music and Eastern Middlesex Alcoholism Services.

Small Acts, Big Impacts: A Day of Service

January 14-16 :: Acton

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a designated National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer within their communities and honor the life and legacy of the Civil Rights leader.

Join the Discovery Museum to make welcome cards and help collect “Friendship Basket” supplies to support the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center, an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive services to refugees, asylees, and immigrants in Massachusetts. Friendship Baskets are given to elderly or families with young children as a way to help them receive supplies that might otherwise cause a financial burden while also welcoming them into their new community.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Annual MLK Jr. Tribute Concert

January 16 :: Boston

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performs their annual MLK Jr. tribute concert in collaboration with the Museum of African American History. Though the concert is free, guests must reserve tickets prior to the event.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 16 :: Boston

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with stories, sign-making, conversation, and music. Artists and thought leaders will share reflections on themes of justice, equity, art, and empowerment, and invite participation in free activities throughout the day. This family-friendly event features music by Little Uprisings, and For Freedoms Town Hall with MLK Memorial artist Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Anderson, and Erin Genia.

City of Cambridge’s 2023 Martin Luther King Day Commemoration & Remembrance

January 16 :: Cambridge

All are invited to remember and celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the City of Cambridge’s annual Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance, organized by the Cambridge Peace Commission. The City of Cambridge will honor and remember Dr. King and his legacy in a gathering at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to hear members of the Cambridge community share readings of Dr. King’s words calling for peace, justice, and transformation, as well as musical performances including by gospel soloist Christina DeVaughn.

Free Admission to Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo in Honor of MLK

January 16 :: Boston and Stoneham

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will offer free admission! At Franklin Park Zoo, guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on the mural that will be located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion.

The 53rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

January 16 :: Boston

The Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast celebration will raise awareness about the essential significance of education in the pursuit of social justice. King reminds us that “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” Keynote speaker Jelani Cobb, writer, dean of the Columbia Journalism School, and renowned speaker on race, history, politics, and culture in America, will present Reclaiming Our Rights: Education and Activism.The program will be in person and live streamed.

Town of Randolph Annual Celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16 :: Randolph

The annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration features an address by Dr. Charles Daniel, the founder and CEO of Fathers’ Uplift.

Cambridge MLK Day of Service

January 16-19 :: Cambridge

The 2023 MLK Day of Service and Learning will include MHH365’s traditional hands-on and self-led volunteer service projects at three locations and continue the new tradition of a MLK Day Community Walk, where participants will walk with community leaders and teen volunteers to reflect on what Rev. Martin Luther King might say about the past, the present, community concerns, and social and racial justice.