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 17th, he would have been 93 years old, this year. We put together a list of events in Westchester County for you to celebrate Dr. King Day. This year we included many of event that are virtual, so you can celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from the safety of your home. VolunteerNewYork! also has a list of events taking place Jan. 17, 18 and 20 to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Go to volunteernewyork.org/mlk to see what’s happening. If you know of one, we missed email us at BlackWestchesterMag@gmail.com so we can list it.
An Online Panel & Discussion on Reparations, Jan. 16 – Join the Creative Response to Conflict for an online discussion on reparations. To commemorate the Creative Response to Conflict’s 50th anniversary as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the panel’s members, Latriece Clark, Shirly Fabre, and Cris Houston, will discuss reparations via Zoom at 2 p.m. To register for the event, visit bit.ly/3GQJ800.
18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Virtual Celebration – Continuing The Dream – Sunday January 16th https://sunriver-org.zoom.us/j/81559031673#success
The Six Principles of Nonviolence – A Virtual Presentation, Calvary Baptist Church, White Plains, NY – Sunday January 16th 5:30PM
“To the Promised Land”: A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day presentation, Monday, January 17 1PM – Saint Paul’s Church National Park, 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY, 10550 – A presentation exploring the life and civil rights struggles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, by Professor Michael Honey, of the University of Washington, author of landmark books on Dr. King, “To the Promised Land” and “Going Down Jericho Road”. This is distance presentation, through shared platform. Please register here – Contact Us for more information click here.
21st Annual MLK Legacy Youth Awards, Jan. 17 – African American Men of Westchester will also be holding its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Youth Awards Luncheon at noon, in a virtual celebration. The awards ceremony honors King’s messages and legacy of hope and unity by recognizing four young Westchester students who represent these ideals through acts of service and leadership within their communities and rewarding them with $2,500 academic scholarships. This year’s ceremony will include remarks by local political, economic, and cultural leaders. Registration is free, though donations are accepted. The event will be held virtually on YouTube. For more information, go to aamw.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screening Honoring Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17 – Jacob Burns Film Center will honor Martin Luther King Day with a free screening of two episodes from Henry Hampton’s acclaimed documentary series, Eyes on the Prize. This series, which first premiered in 1987, documents the history of the civil rights movement in America. The featured two episodes will follow Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. from his most famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington to the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Begins at 5pm.
36th Anniversary: Keeping The Dream Alive, By Breaking The Glass Ceiling, Jan. 17 – Nepperhan Community Center Yonkers
Yorktown Youth Keeping the Dream, Jan. 17 – Designed by Yorktown youth, there will be art and writing as well as dancing and music performances. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights. Initiatives from the youth that will also be at the event include Inspire Kindness t-shirt showcase, the Thoughtful Bystander bracelet campaign, and a Thoughtful book nook. KeepingTheDream@AllianceforSafeKids.org.
36th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 17 – The Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM, will host free events for members of the community in person and virtually. Geared toward every age group, BAM’s events include a screening of “Attica,” a visual art exhibition, and musical performances by Nona Hedryx with Craig Harris & Tailgaters Tales as well as Sing Harlem, dance performances, a keynote addres by Dr. Imani Perry and speeches by leaders in the community. BAMkids will also have workshops available virtually for kids. Those who plan to attend in-person must provide a proof of vaccination as well as valid ID. For more information, visit bam.org/mlk.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual 39th Interfaith Commemorative Service, Jan. 17 – Join the Nyack NAACP virtually to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Zoom, the event will be hosted by Pastor Gregory Merriweather of Calvary Baptist Church with a message from Douglas Lewis, the first elder of Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church. The event will also feature musical performances. For more information, call 845-358-1497 or visit facebook.com/nyackbranchnaacp.
TELL ME THE TRUTH: EXPLORING THE HEART OF CROSS-RACIAL CONVERSATION, Monday January 17 at 3pm – click here to register.
Feeding Westchester will likewise host its MLK Day campaign “It Starts With Me” from January 17 through the end of the month, encouraging locals to donate cereal to the organization’s Winter Food Drive, start a fundraiser, or make winter “Help From Home” bags. Sign up or make a donations online.
If you’re looking to give back to the community yourself, Volunteer New York! has once again organized an MLK Day of Service, with multiple volunteer opportunities between now and January 20. This year’s events include sorting donated medical supplies in Yonkers to be shipped to the Caribbean, collecting and shopping for winter clothing in New Rochelle, and multiple virtual events for those who can’t make it in person.
The Fuller Center in New Rochelle will be running its annual Martin Luther King Build-A-Thon from January 15 to 23, helping to create homes for veterans and those in need. To volunteer, text 914.406.3357.
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a virtual visit to the MLK Memorial in DC
Located in downtown Washington, D.C., the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial honors his legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. A prominent leader in the modern civil rights movement, Dr. King was a tireless advocate for racial equality, working class, and the oppressed around the world. Visit the memorial from your home
Read and reflect on quotes by Dr. King Jr. that are engraved throughout the memorial. Click here for photos of the memorial quotes.
Also check out a few articles and video by Black Westchester celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
MLK: Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence [The Speech They Don’t Want You To Hear Every Year] | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/mlk-beyond-vietnam/
CAN WE CELEBRATE THE REAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR? | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/can-we-celebrate-real-mlk/
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, They Don’t Show You Every January & February [VIDEO] | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/mlk-droppin-science/
MLK’s Dream Was About Jobs & Justice | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/mlks-dream-jobs-and-justice/
Killer Mike, Bernie Sanders, Cornel West & Nina Turner Discuss MLK Jr.’s Legacy | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/killer-mike-bernie-sanders-cornel-west-nina-turner-discuss-mlk-jr-s-legacy/
April 16th -This Day In Black History – Martin Luther King Writes A Letter From A Birmingham Jail | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/letter-from-a-birmingham-jail/
Former Yonkers Council President Mike Khader Celebrates The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [VIDEO] | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/mike-khader-celebrates-legacy-of-mlk/
This Day In Black History: April 4, 1968 – The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/assassination-of-mlk/
Another Way To Honor Dr. King – Sign Martin Luther King III’s petition demanding voting rights action
Senate Democrats have promised a crucial vote this week to move forward on protecting our freedom to vote. Senator Schumer has said that the Senate will finally vote to amend the rules of the Jim Crow filibuster, the procedural tool Republicans are abusing to prevent votes on voting rights, sensible gun reform, and more.1
Sen. Schumer has made it clear that not all Democrats are on board yet with changes to the filibuster—but we all understand that changing the filibuster is the only way to stop the obstruction of the Republican minority. That’s why we need to pull out all the stops, because this may be the only chance senators get to vote on abolishing the filibuster. Sign Martin Luther King III’s petition now and pass it along to everyone you know, because our rights and our democracy hang in the balance.
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President Biden Break Silence; Biden & Harris Make Forceful Push For Voting Rights In Fiery Speech In Atlanta | Black Westchester Magazine https://blackwestchester.com/biden-break-silence-delivers-powerful-speech-on-voters-rights/