The life and deeds of Martin Luther King Jr. changed America—it’s as simple as that. He was a man whose beliefs, mission and determination drove a revolution that forced our nation’s educational system, employers, eating establishments, transportation services—almost every aspect of every American’s life—to become more inclusive.
Dr. King challenged our long-held beliefs, our culture and our very way of life. He was able to create a movement, garner attention and motivate people into activism. He stood up to the opposition and subsequent violence by recommitting to his belief in nonviolence. He forced Americans into a discussion that many did not want to have, forced a nation to look inward, and forced a government to change its laws—a minority of people led by Dr. King changing the course of our country.
These are a few of the reasons America established Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday in 1983 (to be first observed January 20th, 1986).
To help this next generation to understand, know and honor Dr. King, Kidspace will celebrate his life and legacy with an interactive performance by the band Rhythm Child on Monday the 16th in the Stony Hollow Amphitheater.
Rhythm Child was conceived in 2003 by Norman and Heather Jones. Their mission is “to encourage children to create soulful music with percussion, while also building their self-confidence.” The two youngest band members are their children, 11-year-old Bailey and 6-year-old Andre.
Norman collaborated with his brother, Cleveland reggae legend Carlos Jones, to write a theme song incorporating First Lady Michelle Obama’s mantra “Get Up & Go” to motivate children to not only exercise, but to dance and move. Rhythm Child performed this song at the White House Easter Egg Roll this year.
Whether performing for the President or at a government housing project in Watts, Rhythm Child brings in the drums, inspiring children to find their own inner music.
Yeah, Dr. King, we know you’re up there—and we know you’re smiling.
Celebrating MLK Jr.
Monday, January 16th at 1:30 p.m.
Stony Hollow Amphitheater, Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
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