Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is excited to participate in this year’s 2022 Art All Night, with “The Block Party @ MLK”. For the second year, the library is bringing you an amazing experience featuring Go-Go music, art, food trucks, DC history and so much more! This year’s event concludes the library’s Banned Books Week celebrating the freedoms of all literary art and the barriers that have been broken for some of our greatest works. “The Block Party @ MLK” will honor and celebrate arts in the city by inviting guests to an immersive experience inspired by Banned Books that have influenced art and culture.
At 8 pm, our evening festivities open at 9th and G with live performances by DJ Remii, DJ Rico and Black Alley, food truck row, a small business pop up and interactive experiences such as a Live Muralist and Screen Printed T-Shirts.
The party continues inside the library as we transform the Great Hall into a juke joint inspired by Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, featuring the music of Christylez Bacon and spoken word artists. You don’t want to miss the library’s Find My Story Installation in Digital Commons, a multi-sensory experience with immersive installations that reimagines scenes from banned books that changed the course of history, including The Hate U Give, Where the Wild Things Are, Fahrenheit 451 and more.
Welcoming you to enjoy all the library has to offer, “The Block Party @ MLK” is also a reminder of the unifying power of literary art and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities and celebrate the freedoms that the DC Public Library has to offer. A place that YOU can always be free to be YOU.