Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one week away, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) invites you to celebrate with us.

The People’s Holiday
Monday, January 18 ǀ 4 p.m. Eastern
Free ǀ Online

The People’s Holiday is NMAAHC’s annual program honoring Dr. King’s commitment to racial equality, justice, and service.This year, we are proud to present six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, and educator Christian McBride in a digital performance inspired by his social justice-focused album The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons.Join us online for a 45-minute performance of jazz and poetry, which also features students from the Julliard School and award-winning poet Evie Shockley. The program will conclude with a conversation between Christian McBride and NMAAHC Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs Dwandalyn Reece. The People’s Holiday is generously supported by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

Kids’ Activities Celebrating Dr. King 
Monday, January 18
Free ǀ Online
Beginning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hop over to our NMAAHC early childhood education webpage to pick out a MLK-inspired art project for your child. While you’re there, check out our guide to children’s books and resources that support discussions about race at home.

Joyful Activity Booklets

Martin Luther King Jr. Day also marks the launch of a new series of publications for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers: Joyful Activity Booklets. Inspired by A Is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book, written by NMAAHC’s Anna Hindley and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo, Joyful Activity Booklets help young children develop literacy skills and a positive sense of self. On January 18th, check out our NMAAHC early childhood education webpage to find our first two booklets, A Is for Amazing and B Is for Brave. Each month, children, caregivers, and educators can explore new booklets together!We hope you will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with us! You can take your commitment to Dr. King’s dream to the next level when you join as a Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.Images: Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., freedom singing, SCLC Convention, 1962, by James H. Karales, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Monica Karales and the Estate of James Karales © Estate of James Karales, 2015.129.14. Evie Shockley and Christian McBride. Photo of child by Jaclyn Nash / NMAAHC.

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This year we encourage you to CELEBRATE MLK DAY in the comfort of your own dining room and enter to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or Russian tea from your Morristown Task Force on Diversity! Participating is easy!! Fill out the MLK Day form here:

The deadline to sign up to be in the drawing is January 14th at 5pm.

If your name is drawn, on January 18th you can pick up your gift from 9am -1 pm at Jersey Girl Diner or select “contactless delivery” on the entry form. Your custom Task Force mug by Ardley’s Creations will include your breakfast beverage pouch from Thrifty Treasures Boutique, a $25 gift certificate from Jersey Girl Diner, and some MLK reading material.
The Morristown Task Force on Diversity thanks you for your continued support and will see you at our regular MLK Breakfast next year!

Please check back on this page for a link to the video of panel discussion for MLK Day that will be coming soon.

We are now accepting donations for the 2021 George Floyd & Brianna Taylor Scholarship Fund and/or 2021 Juneteenth Celebration.

If making a donation please indicate where you wish your donation to be applied in the memo line and mail your check to:

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First Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Jun 19 at 6 PM – 10 PM


“Juneteenth” or June 19th is one of three important times each summer to the Black community. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring that “all persons held as slaves…are declared free.” But it didn’t happen that way.

It was the third year of a bloody, Civil War and part of what was at stake was the outcome of that war in territories in the west, especially in Texas. Would Texas be won from Mexico and become a state in the United States? More importantly, would it become a slave holding state or would it be declared a free state? On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Grainger landed in Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War was over and that all enslaved people were now free! The landing of this regiment meant that there were finally enough Union troops to hold in place, President Lincoln’s Executive Order of emancipation. The decision was made and “Juneteenth” became the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.


Music • MLK Essay Contest Winners • Prizes • Community Award Winners 

Keynote Speaker: Renee Kessler,  Executive Director of Beck Culture Center, Knoxville, TN 

Time : Doors open at 7:00 am, Breakfast Program starts at 7:30 am. 

Place: First United Methodist Church, Morristown, TN

Ticket Price: $15.00 ($10.00 for students and Veterans)   Tickets can be bought at the door.

January 31st – February 3, 2020

As an opening to Black History Month, Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity, Hamblen County Schools, From Africa to Appalachia and the Morristown Senior Center are partnering to bring Joan Browning to Morristown in a return visit, Ms. Browning was involved in sit-ins and was a Freedom Rider in 1961. Over a four day period, from January 31st – February 3, 2020, Ms Browning will visit several schools, Walters State Community College, 1st United Methodist Church and other gatherings at which she will speak about her experiences as a college student who was deeply invested in the Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960’s.