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Philadelphia Celebrates the Life of Dr. King

Dr. King

On this day, Jan. 19, 2015, 47 years after the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Philadelphians have planned a variety of events throughout the city to honor his life and remember his message.

In collaboration with the Martin Luther King Day of Service, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted an Arts and Service Workshop, in which guests were invited to create their own artwork for donation to the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance and the Cascarones por la Vida Art Fund.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, recording artist John Legend appeared at the University of Pennsylvania, the singer's alma mater, where he delivered a lecture on social justice. This appearance was made as part of the University's Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Symposium on Social Justice.

The Kimmel Center also delivered its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute on Friday, Jan. 18 in the Perelman Theatre. Among the participants from over 500 area high schools and middle schools, the performance included appearances by D/3, PHILADANCO's Youth Ensemble, and the Girard academic music program.

In addition to these celebratory events, the D.A.R.E. Coalition (Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment) is seeking to recognize Dr. King by continuing his struggle for peace and social justice. Among their causes are education reform, the creation of a police oversight board, and an increased minimum wage.

By Bessam Idani

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