Today the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated across the country as part of a national holiday that honors the civil rights progress that was made possible by this remarkable man. MLK was an inspirational figure whose peaceful approach to ending racial segregation earned him a Nobel Peace Prize and solidified his place in history as one of the most influential anti-discrimination activists.
Today, many New York museums performing arts centers that are normally closed will be open to present special exhibitions that celebrate his life and examine social justice. Here are events and exhibits happening around NYC:
Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From BAM: “For the 29th year, BAM hosts New York City’s largest public celebration of the great civil rights leader. This year’s main event features a keynote address by author, professor, and activist Dr. Cornel West, with musical performances by Sandra St. Victor & Oya’s Daughter and the New York Fellowship Mass Choir. Following the morning events, West will sign copies of The Radical King, his new collection of King’s writings, and Black Prophetic Fire, a collection of dialogues on black leaders between West and scholar Christa Buschendorf.” Learn more here.
Activist NY: I Have A Dream at the Museum of the City of New York. The Museum of the City of New York has an ongoing exhibition dedicated to social activism in New York City from the 17th century to the present. On January 19th, it will present a special tribute to MLK that is great for families to attend together. Learn more here.
Cultural Connections Performance: Berean Community Drumline at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. According to NYC-ARTS, “The Berean Community Drumline, established in 2009, is a high energy youth program serving teens of the Crown Heights community. Modeled after the drumlins of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands, this program exudes a pride in African American history and legacy through percussion and dance.” The Drumline will be performing at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on January 19th. Learn more here.
For even more ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NYC-ARTS has a full list of happenings.
Featured Image: via BAM.