As we head into a long holiday weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there are many events taking place around New York City in honor of the legendary civil rights activist. You can pay tribute to King’s memory by attending a concert, volunteering at a park, visiting a museum and more. Here are 10 of our picks for how to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in New York City:
10. 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at The Apollo
The Apollo and WNYC will host the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, “Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from MLK to Today,” on Sunday, January 20th. The event, hosted by WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and All Things Considered host Jami Floyd, will “pay homage to the unheralded heroes who paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s as well as contemporary social justice activists” through a mix of one-on-one interviews and panels. Guests include Presiding Leader of the Episcopal Church Bishop, Michael Curry, President of the NAACP NY State Conference, Dr. Hazel Dukes, President & CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Andrea Taylor, acclaimed New York Times photographer Chester Higgins, Jr., and host of WNYC’s Caught and The United States of Anxiety podcasts Kai Wright. The interviews and panels will also be accompanied by a photo exhibition and special performances by Freedom Singer Rutha Harris and members of Urban Word NYC – a youth literacy arts organization. This evening is presented as part of The Apollo’s Uptown Hall Series.
The event will take place from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. It is free and open to the public but registration is required. You can register for tickets here.