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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.

 


28th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Free community event features keynote address by revolutionary activist and educator Angela Davis, music performances by José James and the ...

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Youth Dreamers

Celebrate Dr. King's legacy with readings and performances by young poets and Noel Pointer Foundation.

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 ...

NYCH Community Conversations for Kids: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Karyn Mooney of the QHS will be guiding the children and their families through Doreen Rappaport's book, Martin's Big Words, ...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

BCM celebrates MLK throughout the three-day weekend with interactive activities that explore his contributions to our society. Young kids can ...

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 ...

Seneca Village Tour

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

The Living Legacy of Dr. King

Join the JCC for a day of study and action on Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, honoring ...

Artists Celebrate the Living Legacy of Dr. King

Join us for a community celebration of Martin Luther King Day featuring: Performance artist Judith Sloan Keynote Speaker Susannah Heschel, Eli Black ...

Martin Luther King Day Family Special

The Eldridge Street Synagogue tells the story of Jewish immigrants leaving home and finding hope in America. In honor of ...

Dr. Martin Luther King Day at Children’s Museum of Manhattan

CMOM is also hosting MLK-themed programming throughout the three-day weekend but the highlight is the National Jazz Museum in Harlem ...