Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at these holiday events in NYC, including from walking tours, special museum programs for children, and more. Nothing on our list is more than $20. Note that holiday parking rules in NYC are in effect on Monday only.
Black Comic Book Festival celebrates alternative heroes and their creators, with panel discussions, film screenings and more. FREE. Details here.
Living History Days focuses on what it was like to be a Black soldier during the Revolutionary War, with re-enactors. At the New York Historical Society, Central Park West at 76th St. Free with museum admission.
Saturday through Monday
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has a full schedule of daily events, including arts and crafts workshops and a performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir on Monday, free with admission. One program is about the legacy of his widow, Coretta Scott King. CMOM is at 2i2 W. 83rd St., on the Upper West Side.
MLK Remembrance on Humanizing Criminal Justice is the annual remembrance to keep the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive and lively. This year’s program emphasizes the goal of humanizing criminal justice, with a panel discussion of leaders in the field. 11 am at New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St. FREE, but a suggested donation of $5, and includes snacks and beverages.
Race and Privelege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas is a special program at the Apollo Theater that includes a performance by Daniel Bernard Roumain with Special Guests Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Emeline Michel. FREE at 2pm, but registration is required to ensure space, and admission is not guaranteed even with a registration confirmation.
MLK Day in Historic Harlem is a walking tour that traces the history of Harlem from its Dutch settlers to the cultural capital of black America. Tour begins 11am at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the NYPL. Cost is $20. Event website.
Brooklyn Tribute to MLK is New York City’s largest annual public celebration of the great civil rights leader. This year’s event features a keynote address by professor, author, and radio host Michael Eric Dyson, with musical performances by Kimberly Nichole and The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir. This is a FREE event at Brooklyn Academy of Music, at 10:30am, but get there earlier to ensure admission. .