FLINT — The Flint Institute of Arts, in partnership with the Flint Public Library, will present a celebratory program of the life and work of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16, with free, family-friendly activities and events in both spaces.
In addition, the Sloan Museum will celebrate King’s legacy by inviting the community to discover the rich history of civil disobedience in Flint and Genesee County, including the Sit-Down Strike and the Fair Housing movement.
The joint FIA-FPL program begins at the library at 2 p.m. and will include a keynote speech from Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, a reenactment of King’s “I Have A Dream” address, and a craft. The remembrance will move from the FPL to a reception at the FIA from 4-5:30 p.m. The reception features a step performance by the Gamma Delta Kudos and the Kappa Leadership League. Light refreshments will be served.
In conjunction with the MLK holiday, FIA galleries will be open and free of charge for all visitors throughout the day. For more information about the festivities, which run from 2-6 p.m., please call the Flint Public Library at 810-232-7111 or the Flint Institute of Arts at 810-234-1695.
Visitor also will receive free admission to the Sloan Museum and Buick Gallery. Visitors can play in Wisner’s Whizbang Emporium gallery and explore Flint history in the permanent galleries.
Longway Planetarium will have shows at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission to see a show is $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens age 60 and older, and $4 for youth ages 2 to 11.
In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint will host its 11th Annual Mentoring Inspiration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, 4100 S. Saginaw St. Registration is from 8-8:30 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the annual Mentoring Inspiration Breakfast is to celebrate King’s legacy through the promotion of a commitment to mentorship and service in our community.
Dr. Anthony Muhammad is keynote speaker for the event.
Admission is $15. Advanced ticket purchases appreciated, available online at www.bbbsflint.org or in our office. For more information, or to RSVP, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint at (810) 235-0617. — L.R.