Where: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, located next to Brower Park, just one mile from Grand Army Plaza
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan 20, 2013
Admission: Admission is $9 per person, and free for Museum members and children under 1 year of age.
Website: Brooklyn Children's Museum www.brooklynkids.org/
Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power. Origin of the Universe, Thomas’s first solo museum exhibition, highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood.
Sunday January 20, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m.
- Malcolm, Martin and Medgar: A Reunion
- WNYC's Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration
This annual event gets sold out fast; check the WNYC and Brooklyn Museum websites for more info. If you don't get there in person, you still can hear excerpts from the event broadcast on The Brian Lehrer Show on Monday, on MLK Day.
5. Sun. Jan 20: Gospel Choir Churches, SermonsOf course, Brooklyn is filled with churches, some with gospel choirs. Go with a friend, or if you're unaffiliated, check out the Brooklyn Tabernacle in Downtown Brooklyn, which holds services on Sundays at 9 A.M., noon and 3 P.M. Also, read about the choir at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church at 85 South Oxford in Fort Greene.
6. Mon. Jan 21: Harry Belafonte at NEW YORKS BIGGEST MLK EVENT AT BAMDon't miss BAM's 27th annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's the largest celebration of Martin Luther King Day in New York City. And, it's free! Starts at 10:30 A.M:
- Keynote speaker: Harry Belafonte whose wide-ranging career spanning singing, songwriting, acting, and producing has made him a iving legend of American culture. Belafonte is also a distinguished humanitarian, political activist, and was an outspoken supporter, and friend, of Dr. King.
- live-streaming of portions of the ceremony for President Barack Obama
- Musical performances by Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and soul group Kindred The Family Soul
- Remarks by event co-presenters Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Medgar Evers College President Dr. William Pollard, and BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins.
- Weekend celebration also features a community art exhibition, “Picture the Dream”, and a music performance, Black Rock Coalition Orchestra Salutes Richie Havens, in the BAMcafé.
8. Mon. Jan 21: LIU Free Film about Civil Rights & Downstate Medical Center, BklynLIU Brooklyn commemorates the day with a program that includes
- : A screening of “We Shall Not Be Moved: Downstate ’63,” a short film created by LIU English Professor Deborah Mutnick about the civil rights protests at Brooklyn’s Downstate Medical Center in the summer of 1963.
- Presentations by former members of Brooklyn CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and participants in the civil rights protests: Jitu Weusi, Yvonne Harmon, Rioghan Kirchner and Lawrence Cumberbatch
- An afternoon of service, distributing free books and reading books about the civil rights movement to children at venues in Brooklyn.
Entrance: Free and open to the public.
Where: Health Sciences Building, Room 107, at LIU Brooklyn, located on Flatbush Avenue and DeKalb Avenue.
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