Location: Museum

January 17th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will once again honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with a daylong celebration of the iconic civil rights leader.

The day's events will be highlighted by actor Reggie Guyton reciting Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at 10:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. in the Museum’s central Plaza. King originally delivered the speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 during the civil rights march in Washington, D.C. He praised Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation as “a great beacon of hope” but said African Americans were still chained by segregation and discrimination.

MLK Day is recognized as a "National Day of Service". To that end, the museum is partnering with the ImpactLife Blood Center to host an on-site visit from the center’s mobile blood unit. Between 10am-2pm, museum guests, staff, and volunteers will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and donate the "gift of life". If you'd like to schedule a donation appointment, please go to 

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