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This year, the Saint Louis Art Museum offers a unique, virtual edition of the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Celebration. Inspired by depictions of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Moneta Sleet, Jr., local Black performing artists Joel P. E. King, Heather Beal, and Anita Jackson respond to Sleet’s photographs through music, dance, and theatrical presentations.

While we may be apart to celebrate this year, Dr. King’s legacy endures.

Registration is not required. This program will remain available on-demand through 2021. 


Kathryn Bentley introduces the 2021 virtual program, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Celebration: Inspired by a Movement.

To Be There

Joel P. E. King performs his original work, To Be There, in response to Moneta Sleet, Jr.’s photograph, Coretta Scott King and daughter Bernice at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Singing in the Rain

Heather Beal performs her original work, Singing in the Rain, in response to Moneta Sleet, Jr.’s photograph, Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King Singing in the Rain during the March from Selma to Montgomery.

None Will Give Us Freedom

Anita Jackson performs her original work, None Will Give Us Freedom, in response to Moneta Sleet, Jr.’s photograph, Selma Marchers on Road to Montgomery.


Marcus A. Creighton provides his personal reflections and a call to action on behalf of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.


This program is supported by the Dana Brown Endowed Fund for Education and Community Programs.

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