Honor the Dream

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! So declared Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. He saw the promised land, though he didn’t live to see everyone move toward it. To honor his life today, the Kansas City Art Institute (4415 Warwick Boulevard) celebrates Martin Luther King Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium. Charles Coulter, who has taught African-American history at the school and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, recites a King speech, and the program begins with a documentary about the civil rights movement. The event is free and open to the public. Brown-bag lunch or buy it at Café Nerman in Vanderslice Hall, which adjoins Epperson Auditorium. Cake will be served, and free lapel buttons handed out. Call 816-802-3435 for more information. — Robert Folsom

Mon., Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2011