EVENT ALERT: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Events

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

Well I started out to do a calendar of events for January and February - two of the most intensive months for the celebration of Black culture and the coming together of political entities.  It seemed simple enough - I would feature New York, Philidalphia, New Jersey, and DC - and parallel them by dates.

Everything appeared to be going smoothly until I came to the Martin Luther King Day Celebration, which is always a major event for Black Americans.  However, Philadelphia's celebration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was so comprehensive, multifaceted, and magnificent, I almost had to give it it's own site. So many things are happening even as I write this, that I included the link so that you can select from the many culturally rich events they've planned.  Additionally, there are local organizations that have also planned commemorative programs in honor of Dr. King, that you might want to check some of the local publications to see what else is on the calendar. 


 it would also be a great idea to re-read Dr. King's biography.  As adults, there are many facets of Dr.King that we'll understand better than we did when we read about him as children.

At an rate, no matter where you are, or are traveling to - there is absolutely no reason to miss being a part of the commemoration of a wonderful brother and visionary who gave his life in trying to help Black people world wide break the chains of white delusions of supremacy off our minds, backs, and lives.

It is hoped that it will inspire those of us who have been the beneficiaries of his actions to stand and begin to unite and move forward - And while you're honoring King honor the other Mighty Men and Women of Valor:  Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Medgar Evers, Shirley Chisholm, Frances Cress Welsing, John Henrik Clarke, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Rosa Parks, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Dr. Ben, Amiri Baraka, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure), Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere, Dr. Leon Sullivan, Dr. Ed Robinson, Muamar Khadaffi, Elombe Brath, Gil Noble and so many more of our contemporaries - they're all up there together with the Ancestor/Angels observing where we are are now, and whether we're on point, or off course.  
We've come a long way, but we've still got a lot to do before we can really count it all good. 
Commemorating and showing our appreciation to Dr. King is but one of the essential things we need to do to empower ourselves individually and collectively - 
I've given you plenty to choose from.  Bring your children and their friends - make it a day of family and of learning and sharing.  Enjoy and 

Stay Blessed & 
Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Martin Luther King Jr. 

weekday and weekend 2016 Events


There is something for everyone - so let me just highlight one that I think all should be aware of, and that is the MLK Volunteer Weekend and the MLK Volunteer Day, which takes place throughout the City, but most notably on Monday, January 18 at Gerard College. 

From health care, to voter registration, clothing distribution, and other acts of kindness, thousands of Philadelphians come together to help those who are less fortunate - including the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  Honor the legacy of Dr. King during the country’s largest Day of Service  Every year, Philadelphia honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day for giving back.  Now in its 21st year, the Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 18 is the largest MLK Day event in the country. More than 135,000 volunteers of all ages participated in over 1,000 service projects in 2015, and this year is expected to be bigger than ever  - this is followed by a free concert in Dr. Kings Honor. 

Click on the  link for the full day of activities in Honor of Dr. King; also check local organizations in the area for additional celebrations of Dr. King.


The long weekend of January 15-18 (which includes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) is the perfect time to book the brand new January Getaway — Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

MLK Day Events and Festivities
Volunteer and Service Project Opportunities on MLK Day

Choose from thousands of volunteer opportunities on MLK Day taking part across the city.

What better way to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. than to join in the community and lend a hand in a service project. There is certainly no shortage of ways to do so with over 1,000 volunteer opportunities to choose from at organizations such as the Awbury Arboretum, Unitarian Society of Germantown, United Way, and more. Browse all service and volunteer projects on the official MLK Day of Service page.

For decades, The Philadelphia Orchestra has gathered on MLK Day to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and unify the community through the power of music. (J. Griffin for Visit Philadelphia)

Date: January 18, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the orchestra in its 26th annual free performance during the MLK Day of Service at Girard College. The concert will serve as a finale to the Day of Service and is timed to coincide with its conclusion. It will feature a selection from composer and renowned jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe’s One Land, One River, One People, as well as local Sphinx Competition winner Adé Williams, a choir from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.  Tickets are first-come, first-served and will become available on January 6, 2016.

A Weekend-Long Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (January 12- 18)
The African American Museum brings a weekend-long itinerary of celebratory events to the Chinatown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

New this year, the African American Museum will expand its annual MLK Day festivities to encompass the entire weekend, with a free young professionals’ mixer and panel discussion to kick things off on Friday. On Saturday through Monday, patrons can visit the museum for a reduced admission rate of $2 per person and participate in a variety of family-friendly activities to be held throughout the weekend. The museum will be open during normal hours of operation as well as from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.

MLK Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Bring out your artistic side to celebrate the birthday of Dr. King at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dates: January 18, 2016
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day full of family-friendly craft-making opportunities. Family tours, performances and other activities will also be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More on MLK Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Day of Service at the National Constitution Center

Enjoy reduced admission along with an array of tributary events to Martin Luther King, Jr. at the National Constitution Center. (D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia)

Dates: January 15-18, 2016.
The National Constitution Center will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a day-long commemoration on Monday, January 18. Throughout the day, enjoy $5 admission to the museum and access to special service projects, performances, educational programs and activities, including readings of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The celebration is part of the National Constitution Center's series of Macy’s Family Days at the Constitution Center, courtesy of The Macy’s Foundation.

More on the Day of Service at the National Constitution Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary

The penitentiary will light up the Fairmount neighborhood with readings from Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Dates: January 16-18, 2016
Eastern State Penitentiary honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" during the holiday weekend. Listen to excerpts read from Dr. King's letter three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children ages 7-12 can create artwork in response to the letter from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. The events are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available online  or at the door subject to availability.

MLK Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History:  The National Museum of Jewish History will offer free admission on Monday, January 18 and kid-friendly programming on Dr. King. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Admission to the National Museum of Jewish History will be free all day as the museum commemorates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy multiple storytelling sessions and craft-making geared toward younger kids. There will also be an ongoing screening of the PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the National Liberty Museum:   The National Liberty Museum offers an opportunity to view the Liberty Bell and also participate in interactive events in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The National Liberty Museum will celebrate Martin Luther King Day with pay-what-you-wish museum admission and a variety of themed events all day long on Monday, January 18. Beginning at 10 a.m., check out the museum’s exhibitions through a self-guided tour or with a custom-made scavenger hunt that walks you through Civil Rights-related education present in the exhibitions.  After touring the museum, guests can sign up for educational workshops and children can create their own I Have a Dream speech with the help of museum staff members. (Those interested in the educational workshops must sign up in advance.) Youngsters are invited to make a themed craft throughout the day, too. Inspired by the city’s Mural Arts Program, which features murals where MLK is the subject, children can create an illustration featuring their favorite hero.

January 12-18, 2016
Complimentary to the hands-on learning environment at the Please Touch Museum, the museum will feature a weekend long celebration of interactive community events to honor Martin Luther King’s birthday. Visitors can sit in on storytelling inspired by Dr. King’s legacy, craft cards and quilts to be sent to a local children’s hospital and resident center, and join discussions centered around community service, aspirations and dreams.  A Hip Hop Fundamentals workshop will also take place at both noon and 2 p.m. each day throughout the weekend designed to get the audience moving as well as to educate about the rich and youth-inspiring history of the dance form. All activities are free with admission.

January 18, 2016 Woodmere Art Museum MLK Day Family Festival

Lively storytelling, art-making and break-dance performing are all part of the Woodmere Art Museum's afternoon of family fun in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit the museum from noon to 4 p.m. to join in on the multiple interactive education sessions scheduled to take place.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend 2016 Events

A number of NYC institutions pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of racial equality with special events on the weekend of January 15–18. In addition, places like the Studio Museum of Harlem, Weeksville Heritage Center and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture always have something to offer those interested in African-American history and culture, regardless of the time of year.
January 14
Movement: A Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Greene Space
Culture, performance and civil rights come together in this series of dance and musical works. Choreographer Nai Ni Chen and a cappella group Diversity Youth Theater will be among the acts taking part.
January 15–18
Whistle in Mississippi: The Lynching of Emmett Till at the Joseph Kennedy Community Center
Harlem-based Shades of Truth Theatre presents this dramatic rendering of Emmett Till's story. Fourteen-year-old Chicago native Till was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he caused a stir by talking to a white woman in her shop. The woman's husband and his half brother rousted Till in the middle of the night; abducted, beat and shot him; and dropped him in a nearby river. The two men were acquitted of murder.
January 16–17
Art and Civil Rights Gallery Tour at the Brooklyn Museum
Learn about social change through art on this tour of the Brooklyn Museum's collection. On January 16 there's also a collage workshop where you can put art and activism into action.
January 17
BeBe Winans at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Gospel singer BeBe Winans takes the stage for a special MLK tribute concert; a speech by Reverend Floyd Flake, of the Greater Allen AME Cathedral, will also be part of the proceedings.
January 17
Civil Rights Then and Now: Black Power at 50 at the DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society
The kids' museum within the New-York Historical Society will hold a panel discussion that seeks to educate young ones (suggested ages, 9 and up) about the long and difficult fight for racial equality.
January 17
Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK's Two Americas at the Apollo Theater
WNYC talk show hosts Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd will moderate a discussion centering on institutional racism; others scheduled to appear include journalists Jose Antonio Vargas and Taylor Branch and filmmaker Rokhaya Diallo. Free
January 18
Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Artists, activists and civic leaders come together at BAM for the City's largest event commemorating Dr. King. In addition to performances by Kimberly Nichole and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, there will be a screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and a book signing by Michael Eric Dyson. Free
January 18
MLK Day at the Grace Reformed Church of Flatbush
The Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with Fort Greene's Greenlight Bookstore, puts on this family-friendly day of music, dance, literature and craft making. Free

Cap the evening off with African Soul Makossa at Club Bonafide where they will be celebrating the heritage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his impact on the African Liberation Movement through music in his honor.  212 East 52nd Street,  Two shows - 8:00PM and 10:00PM

NEW jersey

2016 MLK Day Events in New Jersey

Friday, January 15, 2016, @ 8:00 AM 
YMCA of Newark 45th Annual Memorial Breakfast Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Robert Treat Hotel 50 Park Place, Newark NJ
Website (for information and tickets)
Guest speaker: Rev. Tony Jackson Pastor Bethlehem Baptist Church. Take time from our busy schedule to remember and reflect on Dr. King’s vision of a community and world of peace, love and understanding.

Friday, January 15, 2016 at 8pm:  
NJPAC’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall - Newark, New Jersey
This celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. Performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company founded in 1969 as an artistic means to turn despair into hope following the assassination of Dr. King.The guest speaker Rev. Dr Jerry M. Saunders, Senior Pastor of the Fountain Baptist Church in Summit.
Sunday, January 17, 2016; 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Event
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street - Trenton NJ
Website - Event Details
This event is free and open to the public features a Commemorative Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This annual event brings together a diverse group of people to celebrate Dr. King’s life’s work and legacy. It also allows New Jerseyans an opportunity to recommit themselves to fulfilling Dr. King’s dreams in the 21st century.

Monday, January 18, 2016; Exhibition and seating begin at 1 p.m.
Annual Princeton University Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, (Alexander Hall is located behind Nassau Presbyterian Church, opposite Palmer Square on Nassau Street Princeton University Princeton, NJ
Website - Event Details
This event features a celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event, is free and open to the public.

 Monday, January 18, 2016, 8-10 a.m.  27th Annual YMCA Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast  Branches Catering, 123 Monmouth Road - West Long Branch
This event features guest speaker Elizabeth Williams-Riley President & CEO American Conference on Diversity.  The memorial event will include musical selections and the winner of an essay contest among YMCA high school participants. High school students participating in programs at The Community YMCA or the Western Monmouth County YMCA are encouraged to enter the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest.December 21, 2015 

Monday, January 18, 2016 @9:30 a.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University
 Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Road
Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
Website - Tickets
Contact: Kathy Rozanski 856-256-5405, rozanski@rowan.edu
$75 per person
This year's keynote speaker will be educator and humanitarian Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole in honoring the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 18, 2016: 12:00-2:00pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
at the Morris Museum
Morris Museum , 6 Normandy Heights Road  - Morristown, New Jersey 07960
This call to service features the making of a symbolic "peace bus". Information about Martin Luther King Jr. will also be available. Handouts and information about the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. will be available. Appropriate for children all ages.

Monday, January 18, 2016  
Martin Luther King Day of Service at Rutgers–Camden
Rutgers -Camden t326 Penn St, Camden, NJ
Schedule & Registration
This event features a national call to service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers, families, and community members come together to participate in a day of action, both on the campus and in the community. Activities are open to students, faculty, and staff of the university; their families; and children and adults from across the City of Camden and the State of New Jersey.
Note: Parking Available in all lots except Lot 12

Monday, January 18, 2016 
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service At the Galloway, Hammonton, Manahawkin, Atlantic City & Woodbine Locations
Information & Registration
This year's Martin Luther King Day of Service will feature Stockton's 12th anniversary of celebrating Dr. King.;  Stockton will be hosting the largest service day to date.

Monday, January 18, 2016; 8:30 am - noon Gloucester Township’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service  8:30 A.M. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Charles W. Lewis Middle School Gloucester Township, NJ
This event features Mayor David Mayer, Township Council, Gloucester Township Public Schools, Friends and Neighbors joining in by volunteering their time to fulfill Dr. King’s dream of helping others.

washington, dc & metro area


Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Weekend Events Jan 16-18, 2016 in Metro DC

Let Freedom Ring!, The Annual Walk for Peace, Wreath Laying, King in Our Midst are a sampling of Metro DC events planned to Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and detailed in this feature.

Hot Hits
Story Time in the ReSource Room for Pre-Schoolers and Adults
National Archives
Wed, January 13
Join the National Archives Education team to enjoy stories, activities, and crafts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in the Boeing Learning Center. This program is designed especially for 3- to 5-year olds and accompanying adults.
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Event
Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Fri, January 15
Help us celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. The program includes a keynote address by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, and an on-stage discussion on the theme of “Looking Back, Moving Forward” with moderator Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the D.C. Public Library system.
2016 MLK Tribute Event
Wakefield High School
Sun, January 17
Hosted by Jacquie Gales Webb (WHUR), Arlington’s 47th annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrates the live and legacy of Dr. King through inspirational music, spoken word and dance performances.
Step Afrika! Step Xplosion
Sun, January 17
The percussive dance troupe puts on an electrifying show that unites music, dance, and storytelling to put forward an often overlooked aspect of American history.
10th Annual MLK Peace Walk & Parade
2500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE
Mon, January 18
Commemorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Peace Walk begins at 11 am, Parade starts at noon.
RCC MLK Keynote Address & Community Lunch
featuring Anna Deavere Smith

Mon, January 18
Anna Deavere Smith returns to present an informed and inspired conversation that celebrates Dr. King’s message and seeks to reconcile it in today’s context. The weekend concludes with a community lunch to celebrate the diversity, progress, and hope in our community.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
District of Columbia
King in Our Midst
Sat, January 16
Washington National Cathedral
Anna Deavere Smith: From Rodney King to Michael Brown
Sun, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Peggy Wallace Kennedy
Sun, January 17
The Alden
AACW Museum MLK Wreath Laying Program
Mon, January 18
African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
Let Freedom Ring! a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., with Yolanda Adams
Mon, January 18
Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage

 baltimore, md

martin luther king, jr. day parade Monday, January 18, 2016 at noon

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting applications for organizations interested in being a part of the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.  The parade celebrates the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18, 2016 at noon
Eligible applicants include cheer and dance squads, college and high school bands, community bands, equestrian groups, floats, honor/color guards, military groups and civic/community organizations.  Parade participants are required to represent Dr. King’s message and legacy.   The application can be found on www.promotionandarts.org
The parade kicks off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade continues to be an event for residents, visitors and communities to gather in Baltimore to celebrate the life of one of America's most influential civil rights, political and social icons. The parade promotes collaboration as more than 50 organizations such as community and high school bands, honor and color guards and local chapters of sororities and fraternities come together to honor the legacy of Dr. King.
For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, call 410-752-8632.


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