African American Museum in Philadelphia joins forces with Philadelphia Ballet for MLK weekend

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The African American Museum of Philadelphia partnered with the Philadelphia Ballet on Saturday for the “Day of Dance” with the theme “Inspiring the Next Generation of Dreamers.”

“I think it’s really important that people come now during Martin Luther King Jr.’s weekend because what better time to share the legacy of Dr. King?” said Nina Ball, director of programs at the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

African dance classes were taught by teachers from the Philadelphia Ballet.

“I taught a dance from Guinea in West Africa called ‘kuku,’ which is a celebration dance,” said Patricia Peaches Jones, a dance teacher.

People who visited the museum on Saturday spoke about the importance of MLK weekend.

“I always think of MLK Day as an ‘on’ day as opposed to a ‘day off’. So it’s important to be active and learn about Black history here in the US and do something to contribute to the community,” said Angela Crumdy of West Philadelphia.

Many found connections to Philadelphia.

“There are many connections between black history and the neighborhoods I travel to all the time,” said Brewerytown’s Tahira Collier.

During the rest of the month, the museum raises funds to help the community.

“We’ve started something called ‘Big Giveback,’ and the beneficiary is the Center for HOPE — it’s a men’s and women’s shelter here in Philadelphia, and we’re going to be fundraising here in our lobby,” Ball said just encourage people to come down and get involved and really help make Dr. Expanding King’s legacy of the war on poverty by loving and caring for one another, inspiring ourselves to be our best selves, and truly tapping into the light within. “

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