Conflicting Voices of Liberty and Slavery 1765-1795

All Current Exhibits  December 21, 2022

Each year the Town of Brookline celebrates the life and ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.,  at a special program on MLK Day at the Coolidge Corner Theater. This display spotlights three components of the 2023 celebration:

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson discusses the key themes of his new book, American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation, 1765-1795.
  • Joyful Voices of Inspiration, the premier black gospel group in Metro Boston, sings Lift Every Voice and Sing, “The Black National Anthem.”
  • Mumbet (also known as Elizabeth Freeman) was the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts, helping set a precedent that led to the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts in 1783.


Community members are invited to the Town of Brookline’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration:

Conflicting Voices of Liberty and Slavery 1765 – 1795
Coolidge Corner Theater – MLK Day, January 16, at 3:00 PM

The program is free, but tickets are required in advance at

For additional information, please visit the Town of Brookline website.