Arts, Living Histories, and the Beloved Community

Thursday, January 18, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Simons Theatre
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110


Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during our Arts, Living Histories, and the Beloved Community evening on Thursday, January 18. 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.”

This free event will showcase an exhibit titled “The Living Histories of Color,” featuring portraits of local Boston leaders and artists who are building the Beloved Community in their work. The evening will include a screening of Humanité, The Beloved Community, a documentary by filmmaker Jim Hannon 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. There will be musical entertainment and reflections on how artists and the arts play a role in building the Beloved Community.

Register today for this thought-provoking, inspirational, and educational evening designed to highlight artistic activism, the practice of compassion, and building community, celebrating the enduring spirit of hope and resilience that continues to guide us toward a brighter and more inclusive future.


The film screening will begin at 6 p.m. Cash bar and light refreshments will be available.

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