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Complete Guide to Martin Luther King Day Events: Brooklyn Calendar

Martin Luther King Day — Honor Dr. King on January 20, 2014

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Here is a listing of a dozen or so MLK celebrations and things to do in Brooklyn on, and around, to honor Dr. King on Martin Luther King Day.

1. Jan. 14-15, 2014: Public Library Programs in Bed Stuy, Sheepshead Bay

History of Martin Luther King Jr.at the Macon Library on Lewis Ave. , Tues Jan. 14th, 2014, 6-7:30 PM, all ages.

Also, hands on activities at Sheepshead Bay branch. Many kids from different ethnicities will trace their hands and hold their hands together. 4-5 PM, Wed, Jan 15.

 

2. Sat. Jan 18: Brooklyn Central Library Children's Program

The Brooklyn Public Library system is closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  . But you can still celebrate Dr. King's legacy with readings and performances by young poets and Noel Pointer Foundation. At Brooklyn Central Library at 2 P.M on MLK weekend.

3. Sun. Jan 19: Gospel Choir Churches, Sermons

Of 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.

4. All Weekend: MLK at Brooklyn Children's Museum

Bring the kids! The Brooklyn Children's Museum has a fun, educational three-day weekend long program featuring programming that communicates the values of Martin Luther King Day in an age-appropriate, family friendly way.
Where: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, located next to Brower Park, just one mile from Grand Army Plaza
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 -Mon  Jan 20, 2014
 

5. Mon. Jan 20: Angela Davis at NEW YORKS BIGGEST MLK EVENT AT BAM

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Angela Davis, photo courtesy of BAM
Don't miss BAM's 28th 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: Author, professor, and activist Angela Davis, with musical performances by modern jazz artist José James and the BCCC Singers of the Brooklyn Christian Cultural Center. Following the events in the Opera House, there will be a free screening in the BAM Rose Cinemas of the documentary Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners (2012), including an introduction by with Angela Davis.

    In conjunction with this year’s tribute, the BAMcafé will once again feature “Picture the Dream,” an exhibition of artwork inspired by Dr. King’s message of equality created by students from NYCHA Saratoga Village Community Center.

6. Mon. Jan 20: Martin Luther King Day of Service

Martin Luther King Day is a day when all are encouraged to do service in the community.

7. For Kids: 10 Special Ways to Celebrate MLK Day

Here are ten ways to mark MLK Day this year.

8. Thurs Jan 23: LIU Midday Children's Performance

January 23 ~ Thursday ~ 10:15AM & 12:15PM: Escape To Freedom: The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman.

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux embodies the strength, fearlessness and passion of Harriet Tubman in this riveting one-woman portrayal. Escaped slave, resistance leader, spy and the greatest conductor of the Underground Railroad, Tubman was one of the foremost civil rights leaders of the 19th century. This production is perfect for grades 5 and up.$7, Contact Community Works - (212) 459-1854 or performances@communityworksnyc.org

Kumble Theater, One University Plaza, Downtown Brooklyn

9. MLK Holiday Family Celebration at Medgar Evers College

Event features student performances, including artwork, dance ensembles, art, essays and more. 
  • Award-winning performance by the Ifetayo Youth Ensemble, which was first performed at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Display of student award winning artwork
  • Community award presentation by Borough President Adams
  • Excerpts of winning poems and essays by student contest winners
  • Presentation of a gift, book or educational toy to every child who attends

Where:  Medgar Evers College
Founders Auditorium
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

(Note: Apologies. The 2014 event was omitted from this list.)

 

10. MLK Party Ideas for Kids

Have a party to celebrate the day! Here are three fun ideas for kids of varying ages.

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