The Detroit Institute of Arts is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free admission to one of its acclaimed exhibitions, as well as a screening of an important film about the civil rights hero.
The museum is typically closed on Mondays, but on Jan. 18, the DIA will hold special hours for the closing of 30 Americans, the acclaimed traveling exhibition that features vital work from some of the most lauded African-American artists. Admission to the exhibition is free in honor of the holiday.
Additionally, the museum will screen King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis at 2 p.m. Constructed from archival footage, the film follows King from 1955 to 1968, featuring rare footage of his speeches, protests, and arrests. Tickets to the film are also free with museum admission on MLK Day.
When it was first released, the film was shown in theaters on March 24, 1970 for one night only. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and in 1999 it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.
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