Since 1983, just 15 years after his death, the third Monday in January has been designated a federal holiday in memory of the birth of Father Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, on January 17th, cultural institutions across New York have planned concerts, exhibitions, service opportunities, and tours, both in person and online. (Bring your vaccination card and check in advance the mask-wearing and online ticketing policies.)
Here are seven ways to commemorate the civil rights leader’s legacy and learn more about New York’s Black history.
An annual sum in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 36th Annual Honors for King, held live and streamed at 10:30 a.m. Monday, will feature a dance piece by Kyle Marshall, set to the song. King’s final speech, “I’ve been to Mountaintop,” and performances by singer Nona Hendryx with Craig Harris & Tailgaters Tales and the Sing Harlem Choir. Imani Perry, professor of African American studies at Princeton University, will also deliver the keynote address. After the event, visitors can watch a display of digital billboards inspired by the works of the bell hook, or attend a free 1 p.m. screening of the documentary “Attica, ” about the violent prison uprising of 1971.
Activism and Art
Apollo Theater and WNYC’s 16th Annual Celebration will host two virtual broadcasts on Monday, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., attracting WNYC radio hosts, academics and Community leaders participated in discussions about how the fight for social justice has affected artists like Nina Simone and John. Legendary. Guests included Father Al Sharpton, sports journalist William C. Rhoden, and Trazana Beverley, who won a Tony Award for her performance in “For Girls of Color Who Have Been Considered Suicide/ When the rainbow is Enuf.” The free event can be streamed via Apollo’s Digital Stage.
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Exploring Seneca Village
Visit Central Park Seneca Village, the largest community of free-owned African-Americans in New York in the early 19th century. Start at Mariners’ Gate near the West 85th Street entrance at 2 p.m. Saturday, your guide will share how this area, once home to about 1,600 residents, provided a respite from the racism and crowded conditions of downtown Manhattan – until residents were forcibly relocated. moved in 1857 to make way for Central Park. That history is also the subject of a vibrant, new installation across the park, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Room” imagine a Village resident’s house as it might still exist if the family were left to live undisturbed.
Choose the cause
Since King’s birthday was first celebrated, it’s been a tradition for volunteers around the country to spend the day in service. Whether you commit to a few hours or an entire month, the federal public service organization’s website AmeriCorps there is a directory where you can search for volunteering opportunities (including holiday-specific ones). There are also virtual options, such as tutoring or transcription for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives.
“The Drum Major Instinct,” the sermon King gave in 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, will be presented on Zoom at 7 p.m. Monday by Theater of War Productions and the office of Jumaane Williams, who New York City’s public support. Along with the New York state attorney general, Letitia James, and the city’s police commissioner, Keechant Sewell, Williams will participate in a dramatic reading of the text, which challenges people to pass justice, reason, and peace into acts of service and love. Accompanying them will be musical performances Composed in honor of Michael Brown Jr.An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.
‘New York activist’
An ongoing exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York chronicles the city’s 350-year history of activism, including citizenship, immigration, transgender activism, and women’s rights. It begins with the struggle for religious tolerance during Dutch colonization, including debates over nudity, prostitution, and contraception in New York, from 1870 to 1930. , and ends more recently, with Movement for Black Lives. New documents are added regularly, so it is one to review.
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