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Annual MLK Birthday Celebration

Sunday, January 15, 2023
3:00 PM

Annual MLK Birthday Observance
Pay What You Can $5-20 | In-person event with chair seating
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In 1979, The Rothko Chapel started the annual MLK Birthday Celebration to connect the contemporary implications of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights, captured through artist Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk. This sculpture, located on the plaza adjacent to the Chapel, is dedicated to Dr. King. Every year this important date becomes an opportunity to situate Rev. Dr. King’s work and legacy within the urgent challenges and social actions of the day.

Recent presenters have included Civil Rights Freedom Singer Rutha Mae Harris, artist David Banner, columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., environmental justice leader Dr. Robert Bullard, scholar Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and music scholars Dr. Anne Lundy and Shana Redmond accompanied by the Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra.

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  • Rothko Chapel

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