TRAVERSE CITY — Today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration includes free movies and music at the State Theatre, plus “Freedom Sounds” of folk, blues and jazz artists whose music helped define the civil rights movement.
Free movies include "To Kill a Mocking Bird" at 9 a.m., "King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis" at noon and "The Butler" at 8 p.m.
Freedom Sounds is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. It includes songs by iconic folk, blues and jazz artists -- Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Otis Spannen, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck -- whose music helped define the civil rights movement interpreted by singer-guitarist Ray Kamalay, also a music historian who spent last four decades researching and lecturing early American music and its ties to Emancipation, and the Rodney Whitaker Quintet with vocalist Rockelle Fortin. The first part is a sing-along.
Free tickets for both can be reserved, if still available, at www.statetheatretc.org. or by calling the State at 947-4800 or by stopping by the box office at 233 E. Front St.
MLK Peace Day activities also are scheduled today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum,13240 S. West-Bay Shore Drive. Activities encourage children to think about diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, including age-appropriate experiences with messages about anti-bullying, peaceful communications, and cooperation. Admission, $6 admission or annual membership.
Several area cultural events related to Martin Luther King Jr. and African-American history are scheduled through February, which is Black History Month. Here’s a list:
Jan. 23-26 : "Created Equal Film Festival & Discussion," Dennos Museum Center. All films are free and will be shown at 7 p.m. Documentaries include: “Slavery by Any Other Name,” Jan.23; “The Loving Story,” Jan. 24; “Freedom Riders,” Jan. 25. The festival closes Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. with a discussion, “Is the United States a Post-Racial Society,” facilitated by David Pilgrim, director of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University.
Feb.6: Community Cinema, “Las Martas” 7 p.m. Milliken Auditorium, free,
Feb. 7: “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, a play, 7 p.m. Milliken Auditorium, $10 all seats, free for NMC Students with ID.
March 6: Community Cinema: “The Trials of Muhammad Ali, 7:00 pm, Milliken Auditorium.
Feb. 5-26: State Theatre Wednesday movies, “Amistad (1997)” All films will be shown at 11 a.m., admission 25 cents. Others are: “Malcolm X (1992)”, Feb. 12; “The Jackie Robinson Story (1950),” Feb. 19: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), Feb. 26.”