Civil Disobedience: Interpretive Program for January

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Walden Pond State Reservation
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join local historians and park staff for the 21st annual program to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, and the legacy of Thoreau’s essay Civil Disobedience, at Walden Pond.


Visit with Henry David Thoreau, portrayed by historian Richard Smith, at the Thoreau house replica near the main parking lot. 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.


Mr. Thoreau will walk visitors to the Tsongas Gallery, at park headquarters where Thoreau Scholar, Tom 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.

This is a free program but there is a $5.00 daily parking fee. No pre-registration required. No dogs permitted, unless they are working guides. For more information call park staff at (978) 369-3254.

Sponsored by the Friends of Walden Pond, an activity of the Thoreau Society.