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Art-themed King observance set at Historical Society

Published 4:29 pm, Thursday, January 10, 2013
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The Westport Historical Society will host an art-themed observance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the society, 25 Avery Place.

The program, for children 5 to 11, will be led by Westport artist Roe Halper, according to a release.

Halper, noted for her works of social commentary, will help the children create watercolors on the themes of peace, unity and understanding and share her story of meeting King in Westport. There will also be inclusive games and a chance for the children to make multicolored puzzles and experiment with printmaking.

One of the highlights of King's career was his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, in which he voiced the hope that black Americans would achieve full equality. In 1968, while visiting Memphis to help sanitation workers protest for better pay, he was killed by an assassin's bullet.

His birth date was made a federal holiday in 1986.

The fee is $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers. Register by calling 203-222-1424.

For information, visit www.westporthistory.org.