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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 in NYC

Today is the day where we honor Martin Luther King, an important civil rights leader who fought for equality and justice in America. It took almost two decades of campaigning for this holiday to be approved and designated at the national level which is why we should take this special day to remember the important moments that King fought for. In New York City, there are many opportunities in which we can honor the civil rights leader. Here are some events that are happening today, bring friends and family and celebrate.


MLK Now 2017

January 16, 2017 from 2PM-6PM

The Riverside Church

490 Riverside Drive

New York, NY 10027


Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is hosting their second annual MLK Now in Harlem to celebrate King’s legacy. Today, famous historic speeches will be performed by some of today’s leading actors and artists and will also include live musical performances. Actors include Uzo Aduba, David Oyelowo, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Williams, LaLa Anthony, Andre Holland, Omari Hardwick, and special surprise guests. Music performers include Mary May’s Erica Cambell and Samora Pinderhughes. This event is free to attend but if you can’t make it, a live streaming will be available at https://livestream.com/trcnyc/mlknow2017


Brooklyn Tribute

January 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217


This year’s 31st celebration returns with world-renowned activists, intellectuals, and civic leaders who come together with musicians, poets, and other performers to honor King’s legacy and keep his message alive. Opal Tometi, a racial justice and immigrant rights activist and one of the founders of Black Lives Matter will also deliver a speech. The celebration also features performances by the Institutional Radio Choir and Sacred Steel band the Campbell Brothers. This free event is going to be a day full of heart filled moments you don’t want to miss!


Harlem Gospel Choir MLK Day Matinee

January 16, 2017 at 12:30 PM


B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 W 42nd St
New York, 10036

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The Choir presents the finest singers and musicians from Harlem’s Black Churches and the New York/Tri-State area. Their songs of gospel and inspiration will touch your soul and lift your spirits high today by honoring King in every breath, an experience that is definitely worth going to.


Historic Harlem Walking Tour

January 16, 2017 at 1 PM

$25, $20 Seniors, $15 Full-Time Students

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Northwest corner of 135th Street & Lenox (Malcolm X) Avenue – in front of the Schomburg Center

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A walking tour of Historic Harlem to celebrate the many African Americans who have fought for equal rights. Major stops along this two hour tour  include the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver’s Row, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and sites tied to W.E.B. DuBois, Madame C.J. Walker, Malcolm X and more. Explore history and the captivating artistic, literary, and musical flowerings of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance.


MLK Day of Service at Idlewild Park

January 16, 2017 from 10 AM-1PM

Idlewild Park at 225th Street in Idlewild Park Queens
Come and volunteer at Idlewild Park to help remove debris from the wetlands in the park as well as protect the young forest by removing invasive vegetation. This free event is a great way to help the environment by working with others to build a better community for all while also honoring King’s legacy and what he has done for America.


Hunger Day of Service: Winter Clothing Closet and Spring Cleaning at RMM

January 16, 2017 from 10 AM-2:30 PM

410 W 40 St


Help individuals in Hell’s Kitchen stay warm this winter by offering to help sort and shelve clothing donations at RMM. You will also clean out RMM’s pantry and closet and assist clients in picking out some essential winter wardrobe items. This event is free and is a great way to help the community and those who are in need of warm clothing to help them get through the harsh winter. Be a person that can make a difference today by stopping by RMM!



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