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MLK DAY 2021

Multiple venues
January 17-18, free - $15

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned ninety-two years old on January 15; he was only thirty-nine when he was assassinated. In 1983, the third Monday in January was officially recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honoring the birthday of the civil rights leader who was shot and killed in Memphis on April 4, 1968. You can celebrate his legacy on Monday by participating in the twenty-sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service or attending one of numerous special events taking place online, from concerts and film screenings to panel discussions and BAM’s annual tribute. Below are some of the highlights.

Sunday, January 17
Celebrating MLK Day: Reclaiming the Beloved Community, with Sweet Honey in the Rock and special guests, the Town Hall, $15 per concert, $50 for bundle including conversation with the group, 3:00 & 8:00

Soul to Soul: A Celebration in Honor of MLK Day, advance screening benefit, with Lisa Fishman, Magda Fishman, Elmore James, Zalmen Mlotek, Tony Perry, and Tatiana Wechsler, free - $250 (pay-what-you-can), 6:00

Monday, January 18
Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival, “Pursuing Justice: Strategies for Families Committed to Racial Justice,” interactive workshop with Megan Pamela Ruth Madison and Adina Alpert, free with RSVP, 11:00 am

Hear Our Voices: Free MLK Day Celebration, Stop the Hate Essay Writing Workshop 11:00 am, March Toward Freedom, an Interactive Family Event 1:00, Race, Racism, and the Jim Crow Museum: A Discussion with Dr. David Pilgrim 3:00, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, free with RSVP

The Thirty-fifth Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., BAM, with Eric L. Adams, Sing Harlem!, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Laurie A. Cumbo, Ashley August, Timothy DuWhite, Letitia James, Charles E. Schumer, Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Kirsten Gillibrand, Corey Johnson, Eric Gonzalez, Scott Stringer, Hakeem Jeffries, Jumaane D Williams, PJ Morton, and keynote address by Alicia Garza, free with RSVP, 11:00 am

Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival, Q&A about Shared Legacies (Shari Rogers, 2020), with Dr. Shari Rogers, Susannah Heschel, and Reverend Jacques Andre De Graff, moderated by Yolanda Savage-Narva, $13, 2:00

WNYC and Apollo Theater Present: MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!, with James Clyburn, Nikole Hanna-Jones, Letitia James, Queen Afua, Dr. Jeff Gardere, Dr. Reverend William Barber Jr., Leslé Honoré, and others, hosted by Brian Lehrer, Jami Floyd, and Tanzina Vega, free with RSVP, 3:00

Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival, screening of Black Boys (Sonia Lowman, 2020) and Q&A with director Sonia Lowman, producer Jon-Thomas Royston, and others, $5, 4:00

Soul to Soul: African American and Jewish Music Meet in Celebration of Two Cultures, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, with Lisa Fishman, Magda Fishman, Elmore James, Zalmen Mlotek, Tony Perry, and Tatiana Wechsler, $12, 4:00

2021 Female + Forward Festival: Revolutionary New Works Featuring Female+ Artists, See Her, premiere of cinematic theatrical production with Iman Schuk, Kenita Miller, and Gabrielle Sprauve, Royal Family Productions YouTube, free, 5:00

Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival, Q&A about John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter, 2020), with Ben Arnon, Wanda Mosley, and Myrna Perez, moderated by Brittany Luse, $5, 6:00

Theater of War: The Drum Major Instinct, reading of MLK sermon and panel discussion with Jamaal Bowman, Ayanna Pressley, Nina Turner, Jumaane Williams, Moses Ingram, and soloists De-Rance Blaylock, Duane Foster, and John Leggette, free with RSVP, 7:00

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