Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at these memorable NYC events

Photo via Wikipedia Commons

From concerts to days of service, several places throughout the city are holding events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Here’s a look at what’s happening throughout the city on Monday, Jan. 20 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – NYC Parks
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan (at Henshaw Street and Dyckman Street); Forest Park, Queens (at Oak Ridge); Conference House Park, Staten Island (at the Conference House Park Visitor Center)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (9:30 a.m. start for Staten Island) on Monday

Give back to your local parks during this Martin Luther king Jr. Day. Those who stop by this event will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants from the parks in order to help create a healthier ecosystem.


34th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave.
10:30 on Monday

This annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. brings together civic leaders and artists to honor his life. This year, the gathering will feature a performance from Son Little and Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, as well as a talk from keynote speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones. Admission is free, but get there early as space fills up quickly.


MLK Day of Service 
Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday

SkillsUSA will be honoring Dr. King by serving lunch to senior citizens at the Central Queens Y. Come down to truly embrace the spirit of Dr. King by giving back to this community.


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday

Head over to the museum’s “Activist New York” exhibit to honor the legacy of Dr. King for storytime, followed by an art-making activity and a museum scavenger hunt. Entrance is free with purchase of a Museum ticket.


10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Storytelling & Music Celebration
Grace Reformed Church of Flatbush, 1800 Bedford Avenue
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday

The Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association is hosting their annual storytelling event on Monday. Stop by to hear from author/illustrator Sharee Miller and author/activist Anastasia Higginbotham, who will both do readings, and enjoy arts & crafts, drumming workshops and more. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and admission is free to the public!


Harlem Gospel Choir – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Matinee Show
Sony Hall, 235 W 46th St
12:30 p.m. on Monday

The Harlem Gospel Choir will be putting on a special show to honor Dr. King, singing joyful praises of love and unity. Tickets are available starting at $12.50.


Boys & Girls Club of Harlem Presents: MLK Celebration
Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, 521 West 145th Street
1 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday

Honor Dr. King’s legacy of service by strengthening your awareness of service in your community. At the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem’s MLK Celebration, they’ll be discussing steps that can be taken to improving the community through acts of service. Light snacks will available for participants.


Every Voice Choirs’ Community Concert for Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2020
Broadway Presbyterian Church 601 West 114th St.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday

Every Voice Choirs is putting on a free concert in Manhattan for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Their children’s choir will be joined by The Teachers College Community Choir to commemorate the memory of Dr. King. 


The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr.
2 to 6 p.m. on Monday

Black Out for human Rights is hosting their fifth annual MLK Now event at the Riverside Church. The event will feature live music, spoken word performances, conversations and more. Doors open at 12 p.m. and there is no assigned seating, so make sure you get there early!


Families Celebrate Africa: A Martin Luther King Day Event
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West
3 to 5 p.m. on Monday

This annual family-friendly event celebrates Dr. King through African drawing and music, crafts and activities, stories, and so much more. Tickets are $20 in advance for children 2 to 12 ($25 at the door), and $10 for adults and teens accompanying a child. Children under 2 years old get in free.