If you’re looking for a way to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year that focuses on the meaning of the holiday, we have some ideas for you. We’ve shared some thoughts on the best books to read to mark the occasion. We’ve previously reported on monuments, museums, and other ways to experience and celebrate the spirit of the civil rights movement and its leader. Here are our recommendations on the best places to travel for Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year.
In a vibrant section of downtown San Francisco lies The Museum of the African Diaspora. It’s an outpost of the Smithsonian Museum dedicated the art and culture of people of African descent worldwide. Did you know that? Did you also know that just a few steps away there’s a magnificent fountain dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? We’re embarrassed to say that we didn’t. Until a recent visit to the city by the bay, during which we paid a visit to both of these wonderful places.
There’s real power in walking in circles. If you have any doubt, walk a labyrinth. Or do as we did, and head to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and walk the massive Richard Serra installation, Sequence (on view until January 9, 2019). Its part of the free public access area of the museum, so this is another one of life’s great free luxuries. We promise, you’ll be moved.
In a lovely spot in San Francisco, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial reminds us all of the very best of humanity.