What are you doing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday? If you needed an incentive to explore and honor the history and legacy of America’s most famous civil rights activist, the Washington State History Museum is offering one: free admission all day, with a Book-It Theater event at 2 p.m.
The museum, which is usually closed Mondays, will be open with free admission all day as part of its long-term commitment to support the community commemoration of the holiday. Not only can you catch the light rail easily from the MLK Day celebration at the Tacoma Dome, you also can tour the exhibits of Washington history, including the civil rights era, and see a production by Seattle’s Book-It Theater.
Called “Never Forgotten,” the dramatization tells the story of a young African boy stolen by slave traders. Although he never returns home, he carries on his father’s blacksmithing trade in captivity, and the winds bring the news of his safety back home to his father.
“This day commemorates the progress our nation has made in extending civil rights to all our citizens,” said Steve Maxwell, president of the South Sound district of KeyBank, the free day’s sponsor. “The museum gives us a way to view and appreciate our progress toward achieving equality.”
The museum is open free of charge 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. The theater event is at 2 p.m. The museum is at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 888-238-4373, washingtonhistory.org.Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/arts