DuSable’s plans for King

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

The DuSable Museum of African American History will kick off its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 17 with a special performance of the musical “A Dream Deferred or a Dream Come True?”

Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, who will be accompanied by poet Khari B., will perform a “Dream Deferred or a Dream Come True?” The musical will reflect on the memory of King and showcase the musical traditions of the African American community with the centuries old tradition of Black oration.

Tickets are on sale for $20 for this performance, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com or by calling 773-947-0600.

DuSable’s annual King Day family celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the museum.

“Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community,” is the theme for the museum’s 2014 celebration. Activities during the day-long event will include: “The King Day Read On,” civil rights passages read by Chicago community leaders and concerned citizens; “Truth-to-Truth,” a spoken word battle; youth and family art project workshops; films dedicated to King’s legacy; actor Marcus Gentry as King; and remote broadcasts by radio stations Power 92-FM and WVON-AM. The museum will also resume its annual “Walking with Heroes,” program, where actors will portray notable African American leaders of the past such as Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, and his wife Kittihawa, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Ida B. Wells, Elijah McCoy and DuSable Museum founder Margaret T. Burroughs, walk throughout the museum and engage with visitors.

For more information on this program visit dusablemuseum.org or call 773-947-0600.

d.philips@hpherald.com