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Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Events

Nine ways to honor Dr. King’s legacy this weekend.


1. The NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a go-to for comic lovers on Friday and Saturday, with the 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival. On Tuesday, stop by for When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, a free discussion with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors about her new book.

2. And on Sunday at 3 p.m., the Apollo Theater is host to Uptown Hall: 50 Years After MLK—A Dream Deferred, a free event including musical performances and a panel discussion hosted by Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd from WNYC, with guests including activist Rosa Clemente and Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour.

3. At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, former home of the African-American inventor and electrical pioneer, hosts a free screening of Dear White People in honor of the holiday and as part of the museum’s 2018 Race and Immigration film series.

4. And later, at 4 p.m., the Grammy-nominated female a cappella quartet Sweet Honey in the Rock express social and cultural history as African-American women in a special tribute to Dr. King at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.

5. At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts its free annual tribute, with activists, music performances by Martha Redbone and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, and a keynote address by writer and educator Jelani Cobb.

6. And stop for brunch at the B.B. King Blues Club, where the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir inspires, at a special MLK Jr. matinee edition. When you’re done, walk it off with a historic Harlem walking tour that emphasizes the changes in the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. There are two start times on offer, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

7. The weather’s warming up, so on Monday, why not take the little ones to Prospect Park, where storyteller Tammy Hall will lead “Freedom Songs and Stories” at Lefferts Historic House? There are two sessions, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Note: They're free, but paper tickets are required.

8. Or stay inside with the kiddos, as the Studio Museum of Harlem hosts Hands On: Harlem Dreams, Legends, and Legacy, an afternoon of art-making and more, including time capsules and a scavenger hunt. Commemorate the day through creative expression.

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