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.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 10:30 am
Free community event features keynote address by revolutionary activist and educator Angela Davis, music performances by José James and the Christian Cultural Center Choir, and Borough President-elect Eric Adams serving ...
Sat, Jan 18, 2014, 1:00 pm
Celebrate Dr. King's legacy with readings and performances by young poets and Noel Pointer Foundation.
Continuing its commitment to recognizing the history of Civil Rights in this country, the New-York Historical Society will exhibit approximately thirty photographs by MacArthur Fellow Camilo José Vergara, who has ...
Sat, Jan 18, 2014, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Karyn Mooney of the QHS will be guiding the children and their families through Doreen Rappaport's book, Martin's Big Words, followed by a discussion about how the thoughts and actions ...
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 - Mon, Jan 20, 2014
BCM celebrates MLK throughout the three-day weekend with interactive activities that explore his contributions to our society. Young kids can create a peace-themed craft while older children can work on ...
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 1:00 pm
At the center of African-American history and culture, Harlem is one of New York’s most significant neighborhoods. This tour explores the history of Harlem, from its origins as a Dutch ...
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 - Mon, Jan 13, 2014
Established on land that would become part of Central Park, Seneca Village was Manhattan's first known community of African-American property owners. Learn about the history of the village and the ...
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 2:30 pm
Join the JCC for a day of study and action on Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, honoring Dr. King’s vision and his hope for a world of ...
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 6:00 pm
Join us for a community celebration of Martin Luther King Day featuring: Performance artist Judith Sloan Keynote Speaker Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College Joshua Nelson, the Prince ...
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Eldridge Street Synagogue tells the story of Jewish immigrants leaving home and finding hope in America. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we’ll read The Great Migration: Journey ...
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Prospect Park.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 12:00 am
CMOM is also hosting MLK-themed programming throughout the three-day weekend but the highlight is the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars Band. The group will perform two concerts on Monday ...