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6 ways to celebrate Martin Luther King in Harlem this weekend

Updated: Mar 9, 2020

Harlem's only Martin Luther King Jr. statue

Harlem's the perfect place to find events that celebrate the civil rights giant in big ways and small:

Sugar Hill Children's Museum, 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th St

Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19

A concert by the children's chorus Voices Boston celebrating MLK on Saturday at 3pm is followed by Sunday's free program including MLK-inspired art-making, storytime and more.

Red Rooster Harlem, 310 Lenox Ave between 125th and 126th Sts

Available Monday, January 20

Enjoy this special three-course menu inspired by MLK and his family with dishes such as toasted sesame bread, turkey neck soup, and burger and fries.

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

Monday, January 20 11am-2pm

This family-friendly event explores MLK's role in the Civil Rights Movement with storytime, art-making and a scavenger hunt in the museum's "Activist New York" exhibit.

Meets on the northwest corner of 135th St and Malcolm X Blvd

Monday, January 20, 11am and 1pm; $25

Explore the neighborhood while learning how the Harlem Renaissance laid the groundwork for the civil rights movement. Stops include sites associated with MLK.

The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive between 120th and 122nd Sts

Monday, January 20, 2pm-6pm; FREE

Now in its fifth year, this afternoon-long tribute to MLK at the historic Riverside Church–where King gave his famous anti-Vietnam War speech–will feature live music, spoken word performances, conversations and more. This year's guests include filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Harlem

147th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr and Malcolm X Blvds

Can't make it to any of the events listed here? Make a pilgrimage to MLK's bronze bust, created by sculptor Stan Sawyer two years after Dr. King's assassination, in a small plaza on the north side of 147th Street between ACP and Malcolm X Boulevards. Small but beautiful, it features a plaque inscribed with key parts of the "I have a dream" speech.

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