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Concord - Civil Disobedience

Join local historians and park staff for this annual program to commemorate Martin Luther King Day at Walden Pond State Reservation. Visit with Henry David Thoreau portrayed by historian Richard Smith. Discuss the issues of the day and ask Mr. Thoreau your questions about the night he spent in jail in 1846 for not paying his poll tax, an act which inspired his famous essay. This program is for visitors of all ages.

At 1:30pm Mr. Thoreau will lead visitors to the Tsongas Art Gallery at park headquarters
where Thoreau Scholar, Thomas Blanding, will lead an engaging discussion on the writing
of Thoreau’s essay, Civil Disobedience. Learn how Martin Luther King Jr., inspired by
Thoreau’s essay used the concept of civil disobedience during the civil rights movement.
Additional historic and present day examples of civil disobedience will be introduced
during the discussion.

Sponsored by the Friends of Walden Pond, an activity of the Thoreau Society and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. This is a free program but there is a $5.00 daily parking fee. Pre-registration is not required. No dogs permitted, unless they are working guides. For more information call park staff at (978) 369-3254.

Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:30pm – 3pm Eastern Time
DCR's Walden Pond State Reservation (map)