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Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Events

Eleven ways to honor Dr. King’s legacy this week.

1. On Saturday evening the innovative Dance Theater of Harlem— initially formed to foster hope after assassination of Dr. King — presents its MLK Celebration program, including two premieres. It goes down at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

2. While on Sunday the Apollo presents Where Do We Go From Here? MLK and the Future of Inclusion, part of the “Uptown Hall” series. In this free symposium, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd will moderate a discussion on the future of social-justice movements in the wake of the election, with guests writer Shaun King, Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, president of the Brooklyn NAACP L. Joy Williams, and senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church Reverend James Forbes. With performances by Talib Kweli and more.

3. The Museum of the Moving Image is the place to be for Monday’s screening of The Negro and the American Promise, a film with a focus on Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, and Malcolm X.

4. And that morning, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts its fantastic traditional tribute, this year with keynote speaker Opal Tometi of Black Lives Matter, performances by gospel greats the Institutional Radio Choir, and steel guitar band the Campbell Brothers. That afternoon, Greenlight Bookstore co-presents the launch of the compilation Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn, with a reading by performer Carl Hancock Rux.

5. Also on Monday, the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir inspires, at a special MLK matinee brunch at the B.B. King Blues Club.

6. And later at the Studio at Webster Hall, Hamilton's Daniel J. Watts presents The Jam: MLK, an evening of music, dance, and spoken-word poetry inspired by Dr. King.

7. On Monday, bring the whole family to the Museum at Eldridge Street for the free What’s Your Dream? Martin Luther King Jr. Day Family Program.

8. And all weekend, the NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has events, from Thursday's free Black Power 50 Talks: Public Television and the Black Arts Movement with cultural critic Greg Tate and poets Nikki Giovanni, Askia M. Touré, and Gayle Wald to the 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival on Friday and Saturday to Tuesday’s discussion Live From the Archive: Archives From the Black Diaspora. Visit one or all.