Celebrate MLK at These NY Events

First observed in January 1986—almost 20 years after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968—MLK Day celebrates the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. New Yorkers can commemorate the icon by attending any of these events throughout New York City and Long Island on Jan. 15 (it falls on Dr. King’s actual birthday this year).

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Long Island

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Glen Cove
Where: Starts at the First Baptist Church, 7 Continental Place
When: Jan. 15, 8:45am
Why Go: Join the Glen Cove community as it honors Dr. King with a march. It kicks off at the First Baptist Church and ends at the Wunsch Arts Center of the Robert M. Finley Middle School (1 Forest Avenue). A commemorative presentation will also be held at 9:30am surrounding the theme of “50 Years — Still Striving Together.” Click to go

What: Long Beach’s MLK Day Parade
Where: Laurelton Boulevard
When: Jan. 15, 11:30am
Why Go: March for free in honor of Dr. King in Long Beach. The event kicks off at Laurelton Blvd and ends at the MLK Center. Click to go

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Where: Half Hollow Hills Community Library in Dix Hills, 55 Vanderbilt Parkway
When: Jan. 15, 2pm
Why Go: The Mothers Club of Wheatley Heights will honor the civil rights leader with poetry, music and songs. The event is free. Click to go


What: Harlem Gospel Choir Martin Luther King Jr. Day Matinee
Where: B.B. King Blues Club, 237 W 42nd St.
When: Jan. 15, 12:30pm
Why Go: Prepare to be entertained. The famous gospel choir, which has performed with musicians like Bono, Diana Ross and Pharrell Williams, will pay homage to MLK through music. An a la carte brunch menu will also be available. Think BBQ shrimp & grits, buttermilk fried chicken and pan seared salmon. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Click to go

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem
Where: Meet at the northwest corner of 135th Street & Lenox (Malcolm X) Avenue in front of the Schomburg Center
When: Jan. 15, 11am and 2pm
Why Go: Dive into African-American history and culture with a two-hour walk through Harlem. Learn about the history and evolution of Harlem with several stops, including The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Hotel Theresa and the Abyssinian Baptist Church. The walk is $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for full-time students. Click to go


What: The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Where: Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue
When: Jan. 15, 10:30am
Why Go: For the 32nd year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts this free event to honor the civil rights leader. The event features musicians, civic leaders and world-renowned activists all focused on promoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message. Click to go

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