“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Volunteer Memphis is kicking off their fifth annual MLK Days of Service on Thursday, January 14th from 5:00-6:30 PM. on Lunchpool! This will be a time of networking, hearing from our sponsors, and learning more about what to expect during the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Service weekend. The Memphis Public Library will be participating in the kickoff through a curated mini-documentary by the History department called The Volunteer Ticket.
The Volunteer Ticket tells the story of Russell Sugarmon’s 1959 attempt to break the color barrier in Memphis politics, this mini-documentary draws on oral history interviews with participants in that groundbreaking political campaign. Set against a backdrop of archival footage and images, it attempts to convey the struggles they faced in trying to elect the city’s first black elected official in the 20th century.
In addition, Teen Services librarians will be hosting its Black Lives Matters’ Teen Panel scheduled for Saturday, January 16th at 11:00 AM. MPL Teen Librarians will host a round table to discuss challenges and topics our youth face in the present day and how we can come together as a community partner with our youth to help find solutions. To register for this event, please click here.
Lastly, we ask for you to round up your family on Monday, January 18th at 11:00 AM to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and fun with our very own Connect Crew. To register for this event, please click here.
Click HERE for for a list of all upcoming Library MLK programs including special story times and more.