Where is Dr. King in our pantheon of heroes?This is surprising: there's a bust of President John F. Kennedy in Grand Army Plaza, rededicated in 2010, and a statue of Abe Lincoln deep in Prospect Park that's going to be repositioned for greater visibility. Brooklyn has a huge memorial to fallen WWII soldiers in Downtown Brooklyn, memorials to Brooklyn-born celebs at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Celebrity Path, and many memorials to those who lost and gave their lives on September 11, 2011.
That said, Brooklyn has several events commemorating Dr. King. They include a popular summer concert series, and a number of special events held by key Brooklyn cultural organizations in January to mark Dr. King's birthday.
Places & Events in Brooklyn Named After Martin Luther King, Jr.
Blake Ave. bet. Bradford St. and Miller Ave.
The Parks Department Historical sign on that site reads,
"Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement who became famous in the 1950s and 1960s for his advocacy of nonviolent resistance in the struggle against racism. Descended from a long line of ministers, King was a child prodigy who entered Morehouse College at 15 and was ordained a minister of the Baptist Church four years later. As pastor of the Dexter Avenue Church in Montgomery, Alabama, King earned a reputation as an eloquent and committed opponent of intolerance. He was elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association and led the successful Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 to 1956."
There is just one small street in Brooklyn named after Dr. King, near the Marcy Houses projects.
Here's how Barron described Martin Luther King Jr. Place, renamed six years after King's assassination: "It is a little street, only a block long, between two big housing projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It has only a handful of buildings that anybody lives in, a sprawling schoolyard playground and a small city park — all pavement, no grass to speak of." (See Not Much of a Block, But It's Named for a King", New York Times, Jan18, 2009.)
In most, but not all years, the NYC Parks Department and Brooklyn Public Library system do as well.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday. Schools are, of course, closed, as are all public offices including post offices.