Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged the use of time creatively, saying, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Knowing that courage takes creativity, a family-friendly program co-curated with the BAMkids Parent Advisory Circle immersed young people in art forms that have been important expressions of social justice movements. Creating art helps to raise awareness, build community, and challenge power structures. Throughout the day on January 16, 2023, families drummed, danced, crafted, colored, and even put themselves in moments of civil rights history from Dr. King’s lifetime.
The goal was to remember and reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of peace and unity and inspire the courage to create positive change in the world. Each activity in the program was inspired by how Dr. King was a pursuer of dreams and needed a big imagination as a civil rights leader. Dr. King cared about community partnerships, so the activities involved Brooklyn-based artists and organizations.