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Where to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Harlem this weekend

I Have a Dream mural in Hamilton Heights

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Harlem is the perfect place to find events throughout the weekend that will honor the civil rights giant's words and spirit. Here's a shortlist:


ConSERVE NYC: MLK Day Service at St. Nicholas Park, 9am-noon

If you'd like to participate in a day of service (and enjoy the outdoors), join the Student Conservation Association first thing this weekend as its volunteers work to restore St. Nicholas Park (St. Nicholas Avenue and 135th Street). This project involves mulching, improving trails and tackling invasive species, so wear appropriate clothing. Register here.

"King in New York" opening day at the Museum of the City of New York, 10am-6pm

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's death, this exhibit reveals the leader's connections to New York in the '50s and '60s, from a commencement address at City College to an anti-war speech at Riverside Church.


Apollo Uptown Hall "50 Years After MLK: A Dream Deferred," 3pm

Harlem's legendary theater and WNYC join together for a celebration that examines Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. WNYC hosts Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd will moderate discussions with activists and community leaders, followed by a performance by Vy Higginsen’s Gospel For Teens. Although there are no more tickets online, you can head directly to the Apollo for standby tickets.


"Last look" at The Studio museum of Harlem: Special Hours on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Noon-6pm

Normally closed on Mondays, The Studio Museum of Harlem will have special hours on MLK Jr. Day–and not just in honor of the civil rights giant. It's also the last day the museum will be open in its old building as it prepares for its fancy new David Adjaye-designed home in the same spot.

"Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr" at the Museum of the City of New York, 11am-2pm

Tied to the "King in New York" exhibit that opens on January 13, this family event (recommended for kids ages 6-12) invites attendees to create their own protest posters. Register here.

Big Onion Walking TourS: "Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem," 11am and 2pm

Explore the neighborhood while learning how the Harlem Renaissance laid the foundation for the civil rights movement. Stops include sites associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. $25, reserve here.

MLK Now 2018 at Harlem Riverside Church, 2pm-6pm

Now in its third year, this afternoon-long tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. will include performances and speeches by actress Lupita Nyong'o, The Roots MC Black Thought, and more. Register in advance here or watch the livestream on The Root, the official media partner of the event.

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