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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., embracing diversity and supporting volunteerism

For more than thirty years, the third Monday of January has been set aside for commemorative events and community service activities nationwide to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King’s dedication to service and his passion for strengthening communities continues to inspire us to come together and give back to our communities. It’s part of our Citizens credo -  to do the best we can every day so we can do more for our customers, colleagues, communities and shareholders.

Although this year has been different in many ways, Citizens is still just as committed to marking 2021’s MLK Day of observance by sponsoring meaningful events through nonprofit partners in Boston, New Haven, Providence, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Detroit that celebrate service, diversity and inclusion. Our colleagues play a vital role by volunteering their time for these events to ensure they are available for the public to enjoy.

Be sure to join us in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through participating in one or more of the events below.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) MLK Jr. Community Celebration
Date: January 18th
Location: Boston, MA (Virtual)
Details: The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) hosts the Annual MLK, Community Celebration, offering special programming through a virtual celebration on Monday, January 18th, and continuing with a special exhibit featuring local artist Ekua Holmes beginning in early summer sponsored by Citizens. This free event will be streamed at 5pm on 1/18 at and on the MFA’s YouTube and Facebook channels. The performance will remain on the web for later viewing.
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Yale Peabody Museum 25th Annual MLK Celebration
DateJanuary 14th – 18th
Location: New Haven, CT (Virtual)
Details: Citizens is the exclusive presenting sponsor of the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice which has been reimagined and transformed into a digital festival experience with a series of free programs in the days leading up to the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday. Events will be accessible to participants of all ages in New Haven, across the region, and around the country. Programming will focus on the future of social and environmental justice with opportunities to engage in critical dialogue and enjoy storytelling, music, dance, and spoken word performances. Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on the museums Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.
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Providence Children’s Museum MLK Day Celebration
Date: January 15th – 23rd
Location: Providence, RI (Virtual)
Details: Citizens will be the presenting sponsor of the Providence Children's Museum MLK Day Celebration for the first time in 2021. This celebration will feature skits, interactive activities, readings, and a theatrical performance for children that they can tune into virtually at home or in school. All activities are free to participate in, although registration is required and can be completed online.
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African American Museum of Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
 January 16th – 18th
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Virtual)
Details: The African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Citizens Charitable Foundation invites you to a full weekend of enriching, fun, inspirational, family-friendly activities celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s celebration includes freemorning programming for youth and family, weekend film screenings and poetry, virtual tours of our latest exhibition “Rendering Justice,” and special MLK keynote with “Marking Time” author, Nicole Fleetwood. Registration is required. Registered participants will receive program viewing links via email.  
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*VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Citizens is proud to partner with the African American Museum in Philadelphia to present a special MLK Weekend Virtual Transcribe-a-thon. This virtual opportunity will help copy written records by The Freedmen's Bureau from the 19th century. Learn more here.  Citizens colleagues can view and sign up for this volunteer opportunity here.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center, The AWAACC Poetry Unplugged Event
Date: January 15th
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Virtual)
Details: Poetry Unplugged (PU) is a night of spoken word and music featuring artists from around the country using the life and work of Martin Luther King as inspiration. PU will be a virtual night of TRUTH and POWER. Mahogany Browne hosts an evening filled with Award-winning spoken word artists known for their fierce delivery and ability to move the crowd. Featured poets include Jessica Care Moore, Ursula Rucker, Mahogany Browne and more! Due to strong language, content is suggested for mature audiences (high school +). Tickets are $10 and up. 
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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Annual Celebration
Date: January 18th
Location: Detroit, MI (Virtual)
Details: The Wright’s virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Annual Celebration features a gospel performance by Ebenezer Missionary Church and presentations by prominent civil rights activists and youth from Teen Hype and Detroit's Police Athletic League. The Wright will offer free admission to the community on January 18. Home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, and the Sheffield Collection—a repository of documents regarding the labor movement in Detroit—among many other notable materials, The Wright houses more than 35,000 artifacts pertaining to the African-American experience. The Wright inspires visitors toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity by reflecting on the triumphs and tragedies of African-American history. Virtual activities are free to participate in and will be live streamed.
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