Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King’s birthday is January 15th. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. This year MLK Day is Monday, January 18th. We put together a list of events in Westchester County for you to celebrate Dr. King Day. If you know of one we missed email us at BlackWestchesterMag@gmail.com so we can list it.
Michael Eric Dyson Discusses New Book, ‘MLK, Race and Reckoning’ With Youth Shelter Program of Westchester – Thursday, Jan 14
MOUNT VERNON, NY — The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester will host its second virtual event to feature a high-profile author, Michael Eric Dyson. The Youth Shelter provides a home-like alternative to jail for young men awaiting disposition of various criminal charges. While in their care, the staff of the shelter also provides those in their charge experiences that enable them to see more of what life has to offer. At this virtual discussion, Dyson will be joined by the young men – resident scholars, who will have read his new book, Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America. The event is free and takes place on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6pm and will be held via Zoom. Registrants can purchase a signed copy of Dyson’s book. Register here or on the shelter’s website at www.ysow.org.
Volunteer New York!’s 2021 MLK DAY – Saturday, Jan. 16 & Sunday, Jan. 17
Volunteer New York! 11th Annual MLK Day of Service will consist of two new socially-informed and major virtual community events. These events will premiere live over the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend starting Saturday, January 16 with a highly anticipated webinar that’s focused on Volunteering with Equity in Mind and then on Sunday, January 17 with a Virtual Sunday Supper community discussion. Both events are from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM and are free to sign up for.
Registration is now open for the MLK Day 2021 virtual events at volunteernewyork.org/MLK.
2021 MLK DAY VIRTUAL EVENTS:
Saturday, January 16 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM WEBINAR: VOLUNTEERING WITH EQUITY IN MIND
The global pandemic has shined a light on the glaring inequalities between those that have and those that have not. Join our MLK Day 2021 Webinar “Volunteering with Equity in Mind” where we will share volunteer tips on how best to advocate for those in our community and bridge the gap between those we serve and those who serve.
Sunday, January 17 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM VIRTUAL SUNDAY SUPPER
Gather around the table to join us for a virtual “Sunday Supper” discussion inspired by Dr. King’s vision of people creating community across race, class, and faith. Participants will meet in small breakout rooms with a facilitator, to discuss relevant and timely topics in a safe space while hearing one another’s thoughts and feedback.
My Brother’s Keeper New Rochelle Virtual Mentoring Expo, Saturday, January 16th
On Saturday, January 16 at 10am, My Brother’s Keeper New Rochelle will host a Virtual Mentoring Expo, bringing together approximately 15 organizations to speak about available programs. The event is free but you must register in advance at http://bit.ly/MBKVirtualMentorshipExpo. To learn more about this event go to MBK New Rochelle Mentoring Expo.
AAMW’s MLK Legacy Youth Awards 2021 – Monday, January 18th
This year, African-American Men of Westchester (AAMW) is hosting a virtual MLK Day celebration on Monday, January 18th in lieu of it’s in person luncheon and 2021 marks the event’s 20th anniversary. The YouTube link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PYriOxDEgY&feature=youtu.be
MID-HUDSON VALLEY JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA HOLDS FOOD DRIVE FOR FRED’S PANTRY X CHHOP TO HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE
Peekskill, New York — The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (JJOA), held a “Feed the Need Food Drive” to support Fred’s Pantry x CHHOP in honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service.
On Monday, January 18, 2021, JOAA will be delivering yellow rice, red kidney beans and Idaho potatoes to Fred’s Pantry between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. De-Angela Watt, President of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of JOAA and Cynthia B. Knox, Esq., CEO, CHHOP will be on hand during that time to discuss issues related to food insecurity and community service. Fred’s Pantry is located at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 137 N Division Street, Peekskill.
According to NationalService.gov, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is an African-American organization with strong legacies of being a positive influence in the lives of children and families. Since 1938, our mission has promoted and supported the strengthening and development of children. The members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., are committed to developing future leaders with annual programs focused on leadership development, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. At Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill (CHHOP), we believe that every person is entitled to safe and affordable housing and healthy, nutritious food. We operate five programs including the Jan Peek House shelter — the only shelter for adults experiencing homelessness in Northern Westchester that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Fred’s Pantry serves about 325 households weekly, feeding more than 62,000 hungry people in Peekskill and the surrounding area. CHHOP also offers housing and support programs for veterans, survivors of domestic violence and disabled chronically homeless men and women.