Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Arts, Living Histories, and the Beloved Community

Free film screening and portrait exhibition: Thursday, January 18, 5:00 p.m.

A panel from the “Living Histories of Color” portrait exhibit. COURTESY: Marcia Kimm-Jackson

WHAT: Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during our Arts, Living Histories, and the Beloved Community evening. In partnership with the Forum for Racial Equity in Hyde Park, the New England Aquarium is honored to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., centering his dream of the “Beloved Community,” which The King Center describes as “a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth,” and where hunger, poverty, and homelessness “will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it.”

The free event will showcase an exhibit titled “Living Histories of Color,” featuring portraits of local Boston leaders and artists of color who are building the Beloved Community in their work. The evening will also include a screening of Humanité, The Beloved Community, a documentary featuring award-winning jazz artist Kirk Whalum, who, with other musicians, reflects on the ethos of the Civil Rights movement and the embodiment of Dr. King’s Beloved Community in the Arts. The event will include reflections on how artists and the arts play a role in building the Beloved Community.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit opens at 5 p.m. The film screening begins at 6 p.m.

WHERE: In person at the New England Aquarium’s Simons Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. The portrait exhibit will be on display in the lobby, with the film screening on the theater’s giant screen. Cash bar and light refreshments available.

HOW: Register here for the free event.


MEDIA CONTACT: Pam Bechtold Snyder,; 617-686-5068