The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum announces an MLK weekend to commemorate civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a weekend of virtual programming from Friday, January 15 through Monday, January 18, 2021. Four days of virtual events feature arts and activism programming in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and highlight the voices of community leaders and artists who live the legacy of Dr. King through their work.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s impossible to gather for Baltimore’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. programs offer the Baltimore region an opportunity to safely honor Dr. King during this historic weekend.

The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Full Schedule

High School Juried Art Show and Artist Talk with Will Watson
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 7PM 

Join the Lewis Museum to recognize Maryland high school students who participated in the annual art show. This year’s artistic theme is inspired by the exhibition Make Good Trouble: Marching for Change currently on view at the Lewis Museum. This virtual program includes an artist talk with Will Watson, a spoken word presentation by DewMore Baltimore, and a conversation with the student artists. In partnership with the Maryland State Education Association. In partnership with the Lewis Museum. More Information

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture Featuring Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 1PM 
Author Eddie S. Glaude Jr. will talk about race today in America following the Trumpian era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Mixing biography–drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews–with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude’s attempt, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black. In partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library. More Information

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebratory Film Screening 
Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 7PM
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 9PM, (Comcast/Ch 25)

Hear from Baltimore artists and activists whose work honors the legacy of Dr. King. The commemorative video also highlights past footage of Baltimore’s historic and beloved MLK parade. Streaming on Charm TV and BOPA’s YouTube. Sponsored by WBFF FOX45 and Radio One: 92Q, Magic 95.9, Spirit 1400, Praise 106.1, and WOLB 1010. Supported by Charm TV and the City of Baltimore.

The Art of Activism: Youth Activists Panel Discussion
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8PM on CharmTV, (Comcast/Ch 25)

2020 ignited a cultural revolution of youth activism. In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, join us for a powerhouse conversation as panelists discuss issues and themes related to MLK’s legacy, inequality, and social injustices. Writer Lisa Snowden McCray will serve as moderator. Panelists include Destinae Butler, Baltimore’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureate; Lynnea Davis, Youth Activist; Destini Philpot, Good Kids Mad City; and Tia Thomas, Wide Angle Youth Media. Streaming on Charm TV. More Information.


About Baltimore’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, a twenty-year tradition, has historically joined Baltimore business and community members in tribute to the remarkable civil rights activist. Each year, residents, visitors, elected representatives, and organizations have joined the procession to commemorate the remarkable leader’s advocacy for racial equality, economic justice, and international peace.

About the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Film Screening
In 2021, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Film Screening, as part of The Art of Activism programming, will feature memorable footage from past parades to honor this historic and beloved Baltimore tradition.

The 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebratory Film screening will feature: remarks from Mayor Brandon M. Scott; Hug Don’t Shoot founder Val Jenkins honored as the 2021 Honorary Grand Marshal; memorable marching band performances from previous years’ parades; appearances from members of Alpha Phi Alpha, Pastor Corey Barnes from We – Our – US, Dr. Edwin Green Jr. from Greater Baltimore Urban League, and Erricka Bridgeford from Baltimore Ceasefire 365; and inspiring performances from Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Adjoa Baidoo, and Lyrispect.

Watch the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Film Screening on CharmTV and BOPA’s YouTube page on Sunday, January 17 at 7pm and Sunday, January 18 at 9pm.