The national holiday on Monday, January 20, honors Martin Luther King, Jr., the great civil rights leader (1929-1968). In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination in the United States. His life was cut tragically short when he was assassinated in 1968.

Several museums and organizations that are normally closed on Mondays are open on this holiday, and others have programming the weekend prior to honor Dr. King’s tireless work towards equal rights for African-Americans. Some organizations offer activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King’s message of peace and equal rights for all people.

There are many MLK celebrations happening all across New York City’s boroughs, including historic walking tours of Harlem and Seneca Village in Central Park, Brooklyn’s big bash with José James and the Christian Cultural Center Choir at BAM, readings and crafts at museums, and several free concerts.