Thursday, January 15, 2009

Celebrate King Day In New York City

Okay, Fam....

Today is Dr. King's actual birthday but the official holiday is this coming Monday (Jan 19th). Here is a small list of events happening in NYC on Monday to commemorate the holiday:

January 19, 2009 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This national holiday was established in 1986 to recognize the achievements of Dr. King, one of the greatest civil rights leaders. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of Dr. King's birthday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday and all public schools, post offices, and government buildings will be closed.

In New York City, there are several great ways to honor Dr. King on his birthday. (Despite the foolywangery of his offspring....)

In honor of Dr. King's achievements in bringing people together to address important community issues, thousands will gather on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to participate in community service projects. The slogan is: “A day ON, not a day OFF.”

A Communal Celebration In Honor Of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join the Jewish Community Center for a day of community service in honor of Dr. King. New Yorkers of all ages can make welcome kits for hospitalized kids with Project Sunshine, man the phone lines for the Anti-Genocide Hotline, prepare meals for the homeless, and even write letters to President-Elect Obama on the eve of his inauguration. Free bagels, coffee, and hot chocolate will be served.

Jewish Community Center
334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
January 19, 2009, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
FREE Admission

Honor the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King, on the eve of this historic presidential inauguration, with a free celebratory night of music featuring Abraham, Inc. and their unique blend of the sounds of renowned trombonist Fred Wesley (is the same Fred Wesley of James Brown's JB's??? Kewl!), klezmer clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer, and beat architect Socalled.

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St., 646-505-4493
January 19, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
FREE admission

Teach your children about Dr. King and his legacy with a visit to the Children's Museum for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival. The day's events include discussion of Dr. King's life and teachings and performance by the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir.

Children's Museum of Manhattan,
212 E. 83rd St. between Broadway and Amsterdam,
January 19, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum admission is $9, free for museum members and children under one.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Walking Tour of Harlem

NYC Discovery Walking Tours will mark the birth of Dr. King with a tour of Harlem that will include stops at the Apollo Theatre, Lenox Lounge (where Billie Holiday performed), and the site of the NYC assassination attempt.

NYC Discovery Walking Tours -- Martin Luther King Weekend in Harlem
Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18 at 2 p.m.
Cost is $16 per person, call 212-465-3331
to make reservations and find out the meeting place.

On Sunday, the Central Park Conservancy and the staff of Belvedere Castle are hosting a thoughtful craft-making event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Discuss your dreams and then create an artful representation to display as part of a collaborative mural that will be hung at the Castle throughout Black History Month. On MLK Day itself, Central Park is hosting a special exhibit on Seneca Village, Manhattan's first known community of African-American property owners who lived on land that would become Central Park.

"I Have A Dream" Mural Making
Sunday, January 18, 2009. 12-3 p.m.
FREE Admission

New York University is hosting an entire week of events in honor of MLK Day 2009. The week's schedule includes lectures, exhibits, film screenings, a basketball tournament, a walking tour, and more.

New York University 4th Annual MLK Celebration Week
January 19-25, 2009
Most events are free and open to the public.

A Martin Luther King Celebration will be held on MLK Day at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. There will be a performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir with a special tribute to Dr. King. The program will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 per person.

Anyone can show their black pride at BAM's 23rd annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—Come Share the Dream. The event features performances by Brian Jackson and the James Hall Worship & Praise gospel choir and an address by Minnijean Brown-Trickey—one of the first students to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Immediately Following will be a free screening of the 2007 documentary Little Rock High: 50 Years Later.

BAM: At 10:30 a.m.,
Howard Gilman Opera House,
30 Lafayette Avenue,
Free Admission

MLK Jr Day Special - Seneca House

Seneca Village was Manhattan's first known community of African-American property owners, living on land that would become Central Park. Learn about the history of the village and property owners, and what New York City was like at the time. (Hmmm...never heard of this...sounds interesting fam!)
Monday, January 19, 2009
12:00 p.m.
Central Park
Inside the Park at the southeast corner of 85th Street and Central Park West.
(212) 772-0210
Celebrate The Dream Coming to Fruition Family! And Enjoy The Throwback "King Holiday" Video (Featuring Whitney in her prime!) from 1986 with the King Dream Chorus (Yeah..I still have this joint on Vinyl!!!) 30 seconds into this clip you'll be wondering what happened to most of the folks in this video......

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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