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Schools and most offices are closed on Monday, January 21, a national holiday honoring the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). Several museums and organizations that are normally closed on Mondays are open on this holiday, and some offer activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King’s message of peace and equal rights for all people.

In New York City, there are many MLK celebrations happening all across the boroughs, including historic walking tours of Harlem and Seneca Village in Central Park, Brooklyn’s big bash with Harry Belafonte at BAM, readings and crafts at museums, and several free concerts.

Programming about the civil rights movement continues as we head into February, which is Black History Month.


Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year’s celebration includes performances by Fort Greene/Clinton Hill’s own Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, and husband-and-wife R&B duo Kindred the Family ...

Artist’s Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year the JCC presents the powerful work of artists whose vision coincides with King’s voice for justice, peace and ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem

At the center of African-American history and culture, Harlem is one of New York’s most significant neighborhoods. This tour explores ...

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Celebrate NYC’s diversity by creating self-portraits to add to the "I Have a Dream" mural, while older kids can pledge ...

The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara

Continuing its commitment to recognizing the history of Civil Rights in this country, the New-York Historical Society will exhibit approximately ...

MLK at CMA

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with creative art workshops that will give you the opportunity to create rousing ...

Martin Luther King, Jr’s Message of Peace

Explore the differences and similarities of various cultures as we learn about tolerance and peace. Discover pictures of children ...

Martin Luther King Jr Day Special: Seneca Village Tour

Seneca Village was Manhattan's first known community of African-American property owners, on land that would become Central Park. Learn ...

Tongues Untied, True Tales Told: African-American Women Changing the Picture in Film and Television

The museum will be open 10:30 am to 5 pm on this day for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day ...

Family Story Hour and Crafts: ‘The Great Migration: Journey to the North’

In honor of MLK Day, we'll read "The Great Migration: Journey to the North" by Eloise Greenfield, another powerful story ...

MLK, Jr. Day: Celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation

The museum is open on January 21 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. See the new exhibition "The Dream ...

R&R @ the JCC: Democracy (MLK) Day

A day of fun, free activities for the whole family in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

MLK Concert: Songs of Freedom with Natalie Douglas

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, join award-winning performer Natalie Douglas and friends for an uplifting concert of ...