MLK Day: Celebration and Activism at the Woodmere

From Newsworks:

Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill hosted its first-ever Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Festival in honor of the civil rights leader whose legacy continues to inspire the fight for equality.

More than 550 families came out to enjoy making crafts, hear stories and poems, view art and even dance in honor of Dr. King.

One of the highlights of the festival was a high-energy performance by professional break dance crew Hip Hop Fundamentals. The group showed off impressive dance skills and shared some history of hip-hop as a movement that connects to the struggle for civil rights.

Other activities included making colorful commemorative over-sized stamps of civil rights leaders like Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Harriet Tubman and President Barack Obama.

Philly Children’s March volunteers organized a letter-writing campaign to the city’s new mayor, Jim Kenney. Children, with the help of their parents, wrote to Kenney about issues they would like to see him address while in office. Click to see photos and read more.