The MSA Anti-Bias Action Committee (MABAC) is pleased to announce our first Community Service activity commemorating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday that we celebrate each year in January.
The project is open to all current MSA Studio, Academy, and Homeschool students. All participants will have the opportunity to present their works and to participate in a $100 gift card raffle during our MLK Day “virtual” event on Monday, January 18, 2021!
One of Dr. King’s most famous works is not a speech or a sermon. Rather, it is a letter he wrote from a Birmingham, Alabama jail in 1963. (He was arrested for leading a civil rights march without a permit from the City.) In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King wrote:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an
inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Using any form of positive artistic expression – for example, a song, dance, essay, or drawing – describe what the passage above means to you and how you believe it applies to modern times and current events in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Participants may submit any one of the following original (written by you) works (only one submission per student):
- 1 to 1.5 minute dance (performed and/or choreographed)
- 1 to 2 minute song
- 5 to 2 page essay, speech or letter
- 1 to 2 minute monologue, performed by you or someone else
- Another form of expressive art created by you, like photography, sketch, painting, etc.
The deadline for submitting service projects is Friday, January 8, 2021. All submissions must be emailed to MABAC@metropolitanarts.org.
About the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King was a tireless advocate for the dignity, social, racial and economic justice, and human rights of all people. He repeatedly risked life and limb as a stalwart servant-leader in the American civil rights movement, but also fought on behalf of all those throughout the world whose voices could not, or would not, be heard.
At the age of 34, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his “nonviolent struggle for civil rights.” He remained committed to that mission literally until the day he was killed, four years later, on April 4, 1968.