Friday, January 3, 2014


Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration Ushers in

150th Maryland Emancipation Anniversary
with Joyous Music, Film and More

WHEN: January 18 - 20, 2014

WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore

The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation, and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. These milestones underscore our MLK Birthday Weekend Celebration. With a theme of service, the museum commemorates Dr. King with music, performances, lectures, and more January 18-20. The programming targets a broad range of audiences: educators, teens, families, and the corporate community. The weekend culminates on Dr. King's birthday January 20 with a special museum admission of $5.

Lecture: An Educators' Guide to The Kinsey Collection
WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 10 AM

Bernard Kinsey, collector, will lead educators from around Maryland through the current exhibition, The Kinsey Collection. Mr. Kinsey will lecture on the "myth of absence" of African Americans in American history. Teachers will receive lesson plans on using pieces from The Kinsey Collection, such as an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, to teach history and civil rights.

Living History: Rosa Parks
WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 12 PM     

Master Storyteller Janice Curtis Greene brings the courage of Rosa Parks alive for kids and families. Children are invited to join in a children's civil rights march after the program.

Lecture: Mentoring our Way to Better Communities
WHEN:  Saturday, January 18, 2 PM

Bernard, Shirley and Khalil's service to others have earned them accolades as mentors. The Kinsey family will speak to mentors and mentees on the importance of knowing one's past in order to move towards a brighter future.

Film and Panel MLK: The Assassination Tapes
WHEN: Sunday, January 19, 2 PM

Dr. King's assassination was recorded on video, tape recorder and camera. Why have we seen so little of it? View a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage in this documentary. A panel discussion follows with experts from the worlds of civil rights and history. They help us understand what progress we have made since one of the most shocking assassinations in American history.

Birthday Celebration!
WHEN: Monday, January 20, 12-4 PM

Actor David Mills stirs audiences with a living history performance of Dr. King. The MLK Streets Project film follows a group of teens across America as they visit the sobering conditions of streets named after the civil rights hero. The talented Singing Sensation Youth Choir, who have performed at the Mormon Tabernacle Square, warm us with their harmonies. Special museum admission: $5.

Lecture: Keynote Speech by Bernard Kinsey
WHEN: Monday, January 20, 3 PM

Collector Bernard Kinsey discusses artifacts from his personal collection, such as a signed letter from Dr. King, that narrate in real terms the history of civil rights and Jim Crow laws. The artifacts are on view through March 2 at the museum as part of The Kinsey Collection exhibition.

Lecture: Diversity in Corporate Leadership
WHEN: Monday, January 20, 6 PM

Business people are invited to hear how Bernard Kinsey, one of the first African American VPs in America, helped transform Xerox to one that employed more than 14,000 African Americans over his career. The model is used by companies today to foster diversity and inclusion.  He has lectured about his experience at Harvard Business School.

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is Baltimore's premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland's African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast's largest African American museum occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located near Baltimore's Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. The museum is also accessible on Baltimore's Charm City Circulator Orange and Green Routes. For more information, please call 443.263.1800 or visit