View of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressing a crowd gathered outside the United Nations following a march from Central Park on April 15, 1967. In his speech, Dr. King decried the Vietnam War as a racist war. Image via MCNY.

Each year, our country celebrates the life and legacy off Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the ways in which he lived his own life, and in service to our community. It has been fifty years since Dr. King published his fourth, and final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, and yet its theme of hope seems more relevant than ever today. This weekend, our country will celebrate in song and dance, in conversation and service. Visit places where he shared his dream, and spread his message in universities, churches, parks, and community centers. Here are 12 ways to celebrate the holiday this year:

12. WNYC Annual MLK Day Celebration at the Apollo Theater

martin-luther-king-1964-untapped-cities-afinelyneMartin Luther King, Jr.  Image via Library of Congress

For the 11th year, and in celebration of the 50th year of Dr. King’s book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, WNYC and the Apollo Theater present the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Where Do We Go From Here? MLK and the Future of InclusionModerated by Brian Lehrer, featured speakers will include Rabbi Ben Kamin, Elie Mystal, Joshua Lawrence Lazard, Opal Tometi, Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr., L. Joy Williams, Shaun King, and Tamika Malloy. Expect an open and honest conversation forecasting the post-Obama era, the future of social justice movements, and the challenges of our next President. Performances by Staceyann Chinn, Talib Kweli, and Marcela Davies-Lashley. The two-hour event will take place on Sunday, January 15. It is free to the public, and located at the Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street.

WNYC is also hosting a related event, Dear President: What You Need to Know About Race, on Thursday, January 26 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and on Saturday, January 28 at Newark Public Library, Centennial Hall.

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