Schools and most offices are closed on Monday, January 21, a national holiday honoring the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). Several museums and organizations that are normally closed on Mondays are open on this holiday, and some offer activities in which both adults and children can learn about Dr. King’s message of peace and equal rights for all people.

In New York City, there are many MLK celebrations happening all across the boroughs, including historic walking tours of Harlem and Seneca Village in Central Park, Brooklyn’s big bash with Harry Belafonte at BAM, readings and crafts at museums, and several free concerts.

Programming about the civil rights movement continues as we head into February, which is Black History Month.