Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Riverside Church, April 4, 1967. Image via CommonDreams
Every year, we honor the life and legacy of social activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose role in the American Civil Rights Movement and advocacy for nonviolent opposition has left its lasting impression on the world.
If you plan on celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, music tributes, days of service and a variety of other activities will be taking place across New York City. Here are 10 such events to check out and attend:
10. WNYC Annual MLK Day Celebration at the Apollo Theater
Martin Luther King, Jr. Image via Library of Congress
WNYC and the Apollo Theater will present its, 50 Years After MLK: A Dream Deferred, their 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, which takes place on January 14, starting at 3pm. The afternoon will include conservations that explore the persistence of issues like wage inequality and police brutality, as well as the progress that has been made since Dr. King’s death in 1968.
Notable guest speakers this year include former attorney and MLK advisor Dr. Clarence Jones, Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and 2008 Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente. WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and local All Things Considered host Jami Floyd will moderate the afternoon, with WQXR’s Terrance McKnight as Master of Ceremonies.