Program at Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 6th, 2016Press Release from Lehigh County Historical Society

Allentown, PA – The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum will celebrate the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding a special program at the Museum on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18th at 1:00 p.m.  The announcement was made by Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

This is a program for all people,” said Garrera.  “We’ve placed Dr. King at the center because, despite facing challenges and crippling discrimination, King remained focused on nonviolence.  He is a hero to America and free people everywhere.”

According to Garrera, King’s words speak to America today, preaching nonviolence and tolerance.  The slideshow program, titled “March to Freedom:  The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” will use historical images and accounts to explore King’s inspirational rise to historical prominence.

King is revered worldwide as an apostle of nonviolent resistance.  In 1959 he visited the family of Mahatma Gandhi, proclaiming on his last day in India, “I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people….”  King’s life of reconciliation and nonviolence remains a stirring example to people around the world.

The program honoring Dr. King will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The Museum’s galleries, which are normally closed on Mondays, will be open special hours from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. that day.  The Research Library will remain closed.  Admission is FREE to members, $8.00 for adult non-members, and $3.00 for non-member children.  The program is funded in part by a Community Partnership grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.

The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is a 30,000 square foot teaching institution that attracts a diverse audience.  Its collections of historical Americana include over 35,000 three-dimensional objects, 3 million documents and more than 80,000 vintage photographs.   The Museum is located at 432 W. Walnut Street in Allentown.   Parking is available in the rear of the Museum, on the street, and in nearby lots.  For more information, contact Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, at 610-435-1074.  Visit or visit us on Facebook.  Members of the Press can also reach Mr. Garrera any time of day or night at 484-553-2592 (cell).

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