Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day program to be held at Arts Council of Princeton

Martin Luther King Jr.

Princeton University will join with community organizations on Monday, Jan. 21, to support the Arts Council of Princeton’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community event.

The free program, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the council’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, includes live music, interactive workshops and discussions relating to King’s life, teachings and civic engagement.

The day kicks off with a community breakfast featuring presentations by Tracy K. Smith, the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton and the U.S. poet laureate, and Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, recently appointed pastor at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church.

Smith, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2012, was appointed in April 2018 to a second term as poet laureate.  She is a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts and director of the Program in Creative Writing.

After breakfast, visitors can explore numerous art and history activities, with the Historical Society of Princeton and the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice. At 11:30 a.m., the First Baptist Church of Princeton Choir will perform.

A detailed schedule of events is available through the Arts Council of Princeton, based at the Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. For more information, visit the council’s website or call 609-924-8777.