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.
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 as the master of ceremonies 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 as the master of ceremonies.
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 of one of person changed the world.
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 to the North by Eloise Greenfield, another powerful story about starting over. Afterwards, explore our historic synagogue and create a mural about journeys.
This exhibit features the stunning and historic photographs of Stephen Somerstein, documenting the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March in March 1965. Somerstein was a student in City College of New York’s night school and Picture Editor of his student newspaper when he traveled to Alabama to document the March.
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 village in the 1600s, through its transformation into the “Capital of Black America” by the 1920s. MEET: Northwest corner of 135th Street & Lenox (Malcolm X) Avenue – in front of the Schomburg Center.
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 at 3 and 4pm. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Information Desk.
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 people who lived there. Route involves moderate inclines and a few stairs.
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 nonviolence and social justice. Explore how each of us can embody these values in our lives as New Yorkers and as Jews.
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 of Kosher GospelRegistration encouraged but seating will be on a first come basis. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
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 posters for a museum-wide peace march.