For this year’s University Circle celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the WRHS History Center (http://www.wrhs.org/) will offer free admission and hands-on activities for visitors in attendance.
The main purpose, of course, is to celebrate the life of MLK and his achievements. While displays will be mounted throughout the History Center, the Research Library will be focusing on helping people do research into the lives of their ancestors and the history of their family. NOTE: admission is free. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist any and all visitors.
Here’s what is going on elsewhere in the History Center: Documentaries about King’s legacy will be playing on a loop throughout the day in the Community Conference Room. The History Center’s Crawford Gallery will feature protest signs and informational posters and rights organizations such as CORE, NAACP, SNIC, and more. In the Crawford Rotunda, visitors will be prompted with the question: “What is Your Cause?” From their answers, they are invited to create an idea and acronym for their own rights organization supporting the cause that they feel most powerfully about. Visitors can then make a mini protest sign to take with them as a reminder of how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of non-violent protest can still effect change today.
If you want to try your hand at family history research, or continue to look into the particulars of your ancestors. this is a great opportunity. I will be there as a volunteer, so maybe we can get together.