Martin Luther King Day: Events in New York City 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday celebrated annually on every third Monday of January, around the time of his birthday (January 15th). This year Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday 20th January 2014.

But it seems that the emphasis is on a “day on, not a day off” as part of the President’s national call to service, ‘United We Serve’. So, on the 28th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Day, everybody should be doing their bit in the community, giving something back and all together helping others. That means no rubbish telly and certainly not plodding about the house in your pyjamas!

We take a look at the best Martin Luther King Day events on offer in New York City…

National Day of Service

To really get in to this National Day of Service business, go to the MLK Day website, type in your location and see how you can volunteer in your area.

Martin Luther King Day Parade

Join the MLK parade at Laurelton Blvd and Park and march to the Martin Luther King Center at 615 Riverside up 5th Avenue from 61st – 86th Street in Manhattan. Free.
When: Monday 20th January, 10:30am

Harlem Walking Tour

Follow in his footsteps and join a historic walking tour of Harlem, the centre of African-American culture in New York City. With Big Onion Walking Tours you will visit churches, theatres, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver’s Row and many of the major sites associated with the Harlem Renaissance.
When: Monday 21 January, 1-3pm
Where: Meet at Northwest corner of 135th Street & Lenox (Malcolm X) Avenue – in front of the Schomburg Center.
Cost: Adults $20, students $15
No reservation required, just show up and look out for the person holding the “Big Onion Walking Tours” sign.

Free Concert

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is performing for the 28th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For 2014’s celebrations author and activist Angela Davis will make a speech, and there will be performances from modern jazz artist José James and the BCCC Singers of the Brooklyn Christian Cultural Center. There will be a screening of the 2012 film Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners and a gallery exhibition of artwork inspired by Dr. King by students from NYCHA Saratoga Village Community Center.
When: 17-20 January 2014
Where: Peter Jay Sharp Building, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Cost: Free, first come, first served

New York University’s MLK Celebration Week

50 years after the infamous “I have a dream” speech, NYU is celebrating the dreamer himself with a week of exhibits, lectures and film screenings. The theme of this annual event is The Power of Courage: Passion, Purpose and Perserverance. However these events are kicking off at a later date between 3-8th February on the NYU campus.
When: 3-8th February 2014
Where: New York University Campus

Hostels in New York

If you are looking for NYC hotels or hostels be sure to look outside Manhattan too, especially if you have stayed in New York City before and fancy exploring another part of the city.

Lefferts Manor Bed & BreakfastLefferts Manor is located in Brooklyn in the trendy Clinton Hill area on a pleasant tree-lined street. The hostel is a short walk to the 24hr subway which is just five stops from Manhattan and many New York attractions. They offer spacious single, double and triple bedrooms, free Wi-Fi and even morning newspapers. Private rooms from €30.34 per night.

Alternatively the HI Hostel New York is a few minutes walk from Central Park on the Upper West Side. They host free pub crawls and clubbing nights or relax in their in-house movie theatre and watch films on the big screen. Shared rooms from €30.34pppn.

If you prefer private rooms the Broadway Hotel & Hostel has stylish interior design and special features including a cinema showing films daily, a library with fireplace and good self-catering facilities. Staff are happy to suggest pubs, bars and special local goings-on Shared rooms with 2-bed dorms from €28.82pppn and private from €29.58pppn.

Thanks to yngrich, Southern Arkansas University and jenschapter3 for the images off Flickr. Please note that all images were used under the Creative Commons license at the time of posting.

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