Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day America! Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with these uplifting cultural events & volunteerism


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement


Happy MLK Jr. Day America! There are so many activities and volunteers throughout the U.S.A. are embracing the spirit by giving their time to all sorts of activities. Google is also celebrating Martin Luther King Day with an artistic Google Doodle.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of Dr. King's birthday on January 15th. It is a federal holiday and all public schools, post offices, and government buildings will be closed. MLK Jr. Day was first officially observed nationwide in 1986.


There are many things to do to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day. Here are some helpful resources to celebrate MLK day in NYC and Tristate area:

♦New York University's Annual MLK Celebration Week February 4-9, 2013 New York University is hosting an entire week of events in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The week's schedule includes lectures, exhibits, film screenings, community service initiatives, and more. New York University 2013 MLK Celebration Week February 4-9, 2013 Most events are free and open to the public. See the NYU calendar for more details. http://www.nyu.edu/mlkweek
♦Make a Difference Pledge at the children’s Museum of Manhattan - Teach your children about Dr. King's legacy and the role children can play in making a difference during a visit to the Children's Museum. Your child can make a pledge to make a difference in your neighborhood or community, add to the I Have a Dream mural, and hear the Harlem Gospel Choir perform. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St. between Broadway and Amsterdam, 212-721-1234 Monday, January 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $11, free for museum members and children under one.
♦Martin Luther King, Jr. Walking Tour of Harlem NYC Discovery Walking Tours will mark the birth of Dr. King with a tour of Harlem that will include stops at the Apollo Theatre, Lenox Lounge (where Billie Holiday performed), and the site of the NYC assassination attempt. NYC Discovery Walking Tours -- Martin Luther King Weekend in Harlem January 19-21, 2013 at 12:45 and 2:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person, call 212-465-3331 to make reservations and find out the meeting place.
♦Artists Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King with a free celebratory night of music featuring the powerful work of artists whose vision coincides with King's voice for justice, peace and civil rights. Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th St., 646-505-4493 Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. FREE admission
♦ MLK Day Meal Prep In Coney Island Brooklyn, NY 11230 - January 21, 2013 Join Food Bank For New York City at one of our partnering agencies to help prepare and serve meals to New Yorkers in need on MLK Day! Use the holiday as a time to espouse the virtues of Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering to help your community in need! Volunteers are needed to help with food preparation, cooking, plating, lunch service and clean up. We ask that all volunteers be at least 10 years old accompanied by a parent, or 16 years old without. Some heavy lifting may be required. volunteer.foodbanknyc.org
♦ 500 Men Making A Difference Inc. 3rd Annul Martin Luther King Jr. 72 Hour Painting, Clearing And Renovation Project, Brooklyn, NY 11224 - January 23, 2013 action.2013pic.org
♦ MLK Day Kitchen & Dining Room Assistance New York, NY 10013 - January 21, 2013 Join Food Bank For New York City at one of our partnering agencies to help prepare and serve meals to New Yorkers in need on MLK Day! Use the holiday as a time to espouse the virtues of Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering to help your community in need! volunteer.foodbanknyc.org
♦ VDP Inspirational Painting In Jersey City Jersey City, NJ 07302 - January 21, 2013 In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, volunteers are needed to revitalize a Jersey City public school. www.jerseycares.org
♦ Martin Luther King Day of Service, http://www.volunteer-center.org/mlk
♦ Martin Luther King, Jr. in New York , About.com http://manhattan.about.com/od/famousnewyorkers/a/mlknewyork.htm
♦ Martin Luther King Day events: How to mark MLK’s legacy Time Out New York http://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/martin-luther-king-day-events-how-to-mark-mlks-legacy


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2 comments:

  1. I loved the style and flair of first lady Michelle Obama and especially her two beautiful daughters Malia and Sasha, they were so stunning.

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  2. Amazing Inauguration Address, so exciting to see so many politicians at one place. It is unfortunate our economy is near recession, hopefully things will improve and quickly. I love the MLK quote you chose to feature.

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