Reading into History Family Book Club: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

Cynthia Levinson
Sun, 02/02/2014 - 15:00
Sun, February 2nd, 2014 | 3:00 pm

At a time when adults were fearful of heeding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s call to “fill the jails” of Birmingham, Alabama in protest of segregation and racial violence, the children of the city stepped in to do their part. Come to the wrap on February 2nd for a Skype discussion with author Cynthia Levinson, and celebrate young activists in the Civil Rights Movement and throughout history through our museum collections. Ages 9-12 and their adults.

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David Grover Sings Songs of Freedom

David Grover
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:30
Sun, January 19th, 2014 | 12:30 pm

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, folk singer and children’s musician David Grover will entertain participants young and old in this concert celebrating diversity, freedom, and the Civil Rights movement. Please RSVP to Ages 4 and up

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African American Leaders Scavenger Hunt

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 10:00 to Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:00
Sat, January 18th, 2014 | 10:00 am to Mon, January 20th, 2014 | 5:00 pm

January 18 – 20; Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Meet the inspiring and brave African American leaders who helped shape our nation and civil rights legislation. Families will search through New-York Historical's collections finding objects and documents related to James McCune Smith, Pierre Toussaint, Frederick Douglass and of course, Martin Luther King Jr. Ages 6 and up

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Marching Toward Freedom

Sun, 08/25/2013 - 11:30
Sun, August 25th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by reading We March by Shane W. Evans and reflecting on what it means to gather and march together for civil rights.

We March by Shane W. Evans
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.


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The King Years

Taylor Branch
Bob Herbert (moderator)
Tue, 02/26/2013 - 18:30
Tue, February 26th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Harry Belafonte will no longer deliver opening remarks.



In 1955, on the first night of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an untested, 26-year-old Baptist pastor made an impromptu speech that catapulted him into the public consciousness as one of the faces of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation with author Tonya Bolden

Sat, 01/12/2013 -
13:00 to 14:00
Mon, January 21st, 2013 |
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of this essential part of American history with a special reading from Author Tonya Bolden! Hear Tonya, author of Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, read from her new children’s book Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty. Tonya will also be doing a Q&A, and signing copies of her book.

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: How Martin Changed the USA

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 11:30
Sun, January 20th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4 - 7.

Each week New-York Historical Society educators read one to two engaging picture books around a theme. The themes are related to New York City, American history, current holidays, or new exhibitions.

What ideas did Martin Luther King, Jr. share with others that changed our country’s history? Everyone can be great and anyone can make the world a more loving place—big ideas that are alive today thanks to Dr. King.

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport


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Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon

November 11, 2011
April 29, 2012
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