Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the leader of the Civil Rights Movement to end racial segregation and discrimination in America during the 50’s and 60’s. He was a leading spokesperson for nonviolent methods of achieving social change. His life was cut short when he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.
There are many ways to celebrate MLK Day/Weekend in our area. Below is a list of 6 local events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and keep his legacy alive.
6. Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture offers a fun-filled family event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr with African music, drumming and dance, face painting, African crafts and activities, stories, food and costumes.
53 Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215.
January 21, 2019. 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
5. Scarsdale, NY: MLK Day – Largest Westchester Interfaith Teen Volunteer Event.
255 Mamaroneck Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583.
January 21, 2019. 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
4. Harlem, NY: MLK Now 2019 Riverside Church – Blackout for Human Rights will host the fourth annual MLK Now event, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will take place at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem, where Dr. King gave his famous speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” in 1967.
490 Riverside Dr, NY, NY 10027.
January 21, 2019. @ 2:00 PM
3. Teaneck, NJ: Temple Emeth – Moderator: Anthony Johnson, WABC-TV-Channel 7 News. Guest Speakers: NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Anna Wong, Grassroots Organizer.
1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck, NJ
January 21, 2019. 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
2. Brooklyn, NY: BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) – This annual celebration is New York’s largest public tribute to Dr. King’s life and vision. In conjunction with the event, BAMcafé Live features a weekend of music programming inspired by Dr. King’s vision of social activism and equality. Past acts have included a salute to Curtis Mayfield, political hip-hop crew Blitz the Ambassador, and new-jazz vocalist Chandra Rule.
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Events all weekend.
1. Newark, NJ: Newark Museum – 2019: Standing on the Threshold of Change.
49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
January 21, 2019. 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Did we miss any events? Let us know in the comments.