Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Join us for a day of activities that illustrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's vision of what could be accomplished through non-violent protest. We'll look back through history as well as asking you how you would protest an injustice.

Events and Activities

Freedom Summer: 1964

Anything Can Happen Theater will be an additional activity in Woodland North. Using a box of props, interpreters will periodically lead younger guests in imaginative play.
11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. in Lilly Theater (15 minutes)

Mr. Daniel's Music

Conner Prairie welcomes back Mr. Daniel, a local favorite, for classic songs of protest from the 1960s to contemporary.
11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Lilly Theater (20 minutes)

Willa Brown, Aviatix

Willa Brown started her career as a teacher after attending Indiana State Teachers College. Looking for greater challenges, she went on to become the first African-American woman to become a licensed pilot and the first woman in the US to be both a licensed pilot and mechanic. She went on to train some of the Tuskegee Airmen, along with running for Congress and working as an activist.
10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. in Create.Connect (15 minutes)

Ongoing Throughout the Day

  • Family Board Games - in Delaware classroom
  • Imagination Playground - in Woodland North activity hall
  • Archaeology: Black, White or Both - Can you tell which artifacts might have come from a historic African American community, a White community or would have appeared in either community? - outside Lilly Theater
  • Tree of Dreams - In one of his most famous speeches, MLK told of his dreams for the future. Share your dreams for the future. - downstairs, near the elevator
  • Gallery of Non-violent Protest, Past and Present - outside Discovery Station
  • How would you protest injustice?
    Draw a picture, write a poem, share with others what you would do to protest an injustice. - outside Discovery Station
  • Craft Corner - Help with a collaborative art project.
  • Food & Beverage - in Overlook activity hall


January 21, 2019
All ages.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - public domain photo