The national holiday on Monday, January 19, 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 tribute to MLK with a number of events at BAM, readings and crafts at museums, and several kids events.

 

    The Meeting

    Kumble Theater of the Performing Arts

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Jan 15, 2015, 7:30 pm

    The Meeting is an engaging and intelligent play that depicts a fictional secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inside a room at the historic Hotel Teresa.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in NYC

    Several museums and organizations are open on Martin Luther King Day, and many offer weekend activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King's message of peace and equal rights for all people.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in NYC

    Several museums and organizations are open on Martin Luther King Day, and many offer weekend activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King's message of peace and equal rights for all people.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in NYC

    Several museums and organizations are open on Martin Luther King Day, and many offer weekend activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King's message of peace and equal rights for all people.

    Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015

    Peter Jay Sharp Building (BAM)

    Brooklyn

    Mon, Jan 19, 2015, 10:30 am

    Presented by BAM, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and Medgar Evers College of The City University of New YorkKeynote Speaker: Dr. Cornel West Master of Ceremonies: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams Music Performances: Sandra St. Victor & Oya’s Daughter / New York Fellowship Mass ChoirFor the 29th year, BAM hosts New York City’s largest public celebration of the great civil rights leader. This year’s main event features a keynote address by author, professor, and activist ...

    State of Emergence

    BAM Fishman Space

    Brooklyn

    Mon, Jan 19, 2015, 1:30 pm

    Participants in BAM Education’s three-month Arts & Justice after-school program present this original interdisciplinary work. Under the guidance of BAM Education staff and teaching artists, the students participated in a distance-learning exchange with fellow teens in Ferguson, Missouri, using critical thinking and research to explore issues of conflict and authority in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. State of Emergence is a culmination of that investigation—and an exercise in transforming their responses to police ...

    The Central Park Five

    Peter Jay Sharp Building (BAM)

    Brooklyn

    Mon, Jan 19, 2015, 1:00 pm

    This documentary explores the grave miscarriage of justice in the aftermath of what Mayor Ed Koch named “the crime of the century.” Following the rape and assault of a white jogger in Central Park in 1989, five young black and Latino men were arrested amid a wave of media sensationalism that all but cemented the public’s perception of their guilt.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in NYC

    Several museums and organizations are open on Martin Luther King Day, and many offer weekend activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King's message of peace and equal rights for all people.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in NYC

    Several museums and organizations are open on Martin Luther King Day, and many offer weekend activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King's message of peace and equal rights for all people.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem

    Big Onion Walking Tours

    Manhattan

    Mon, Jan 19, 2015, 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 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.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in NYC

    Several museums and organizations are open on Martin Luther King Day, and many offer weekend activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King's message of peace and equal rights for all people.

    African Americans in ’60s Hollywood

    Dr. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Jan 21, 2015, 7:00 pm

    As African Americans were gaining in the struggle for Civil Rights, Hollywood remained timid in depicting complex African American characters. This series maps an arc of 60s movies that gradually acknowledged the shifting views of race in America, from the struggles for an unsegregated American Dream (A Raisin in the Sun) to the revolutionary movement toward Black Power (Uptight). The films also chart the rise of actors such as Sidney Poitier, Abbey Lincoln and Cicely ...

State of Emergence

321 Ashland Place

Brooklyn N.Y. 11217

Participants in BAM Education’s three-month Arts & Justice after-school program present this original interdisciplinary work. Under the guidance of BAM Education staff and teaching artists, the students participated in a distance-learning exchange with fellow teens in Ferguson, Missouri, using critical thinking and research to explore issues of conflict and authority ...