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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail - School Program

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Monday, February 10, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

New York, NY

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The Schomburg Junior Scholars are proud to present a theatrical reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” for school and community groups for Black History Month 2014.

This theatrical reading, as conceived by Artistic Director Shaun Neblett, portrays a group of high school students who must read and interpret Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail in order to fulfill their graduation requirements.  As they strive to make sense of Dr. King’s 50 year old letter, scenes from contemporary times illuminate their understanding and make the messages relevant for today.  Will they pass?

This show is recommended for grades 5-12 and up. Groups can reserve up to 50 seats per order. If you have any questions, please call Schomburg Education at (212) 491-2207.

Special benifit performance on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. To Purcharse tickets, please click here.

As part of your visit, you may wish to plan time after the show to check out the Schomburg's current exhibitions on view starting February 1, 2014:

  • Motown: The Truth Is a Hit: The Truth Is a Hit seeks to explore Gordy's notion of the truth by tracing black music from its African roots through slavery, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, urban America, the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements, up to the present day.
  • Funky Turns 40: Our new exhibition, Funky Turns 40 from the Museum of Uncut Funk, explores these Black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk.
  • The Deep South- Then & Now: Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana: The Deep South-Then & Now showcases 23 contemporary images taken by photopgrapher Kenneth B. Goldberg when he visited some of the landmark places of the Civil Rights Movement. 

For more information about the Junior Scholars Program, visit or email
***Please Note: Due to space restrictions, we are unable to accomodate groups for lunch.***
Have questions about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail - School Program? Contact Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
(Corner of 135th Street & Lenox Ave.)
New York, NY 10037

Monday, February 10, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem's cultural life, the Center sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture.

Each Friday in February, we’ll spotlight a special item from the collection. This year, we're taking inspiration from our brand new exhibition, Motown: The Truth Is A Hit with a music theme. Learn fascinating Black History Month facts and be entered to win tickets to Motown: The Musical on Broadway! Sign up here

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515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th Street)

New York, NY 10037

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