In anticipation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’ve gathered a list of local events where you can honor the civil rights leader and carry his dream for equality forward. Don’t have off from work? On the Saturday prior, you can join in on the service-oriented spirit and volunteer at multiple charities across the Valley.
What: A live-webcast morning event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of “humanity tied in a single garment of destiny.” The day begins with a volunteer fair at 9 a.m., followed by the program itself at 10 a.m. Journalist and Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panter author Jesse J. Holland is the keynote speaker, while Grammy-nominated vocalist Ms. Anita Wilson is the special guest performer.
When: January 20, 9 a.m.
Where: Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany
What: Beginning at 11 a.m. families can discover the zoo in the sky and participate in an astronomy craft. At 1 p.m., an interactive program kicks off to identify stars and constellations.
When: January 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Discover Albany Visitors Center, Albany
What: In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Troutbeck invites families to come together for a fireside story and collage workshop in the afternoon. At 2 p.m., Instagram Director of Fashion Partnerships Eva Chen reads from her children’s books. At 2:30 p.m., kids and parents can reconvene for process art-based collages.
When: January 19, 2 p.m.
Where: Troutbeck, Amenia
What: A family celebration that teaches little learners the importance of the annual occasion. Families can participate in the Freedom Bell project by creating paper doll self-portraits, then add them to the museum’s giant freedom bell for all to see.
When: January 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie
What: A celebratory fireworks display on Windham Mountain.
When: January 18, 8-9 p.m.
Where: Windham Mountain Resort, Windham
What: Harvard Medical School professor and bioethicist Dr. Mildred Solomon leads a conversation about the century’s toughest bioethical issues during a community talk on the Sunday before MLK Day. The discussion dives into queries about human wellbeing, the human genome, and global ecosystems, among others.
When: January 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Desmond-Fish Library, Garrison
What: Lose yourself in the award-winning documentary about the final chapter of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. The screening is part of the monthly Movies With Spirit series, which aims to stimulate joy and wonder and promote a connection with others.
When: January 18, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock
What: A musical celebration to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When: January 19, 4-6 p.m.
Where: The Pointe Church, Kingston
What: A full-day event, the occasion begins with a screening of Selma at 10 a.m., with a screening of The Open Mind to follow at 2 p.m. At 9 p.m., PBS’s Alexander Heffner leads a discussion about the man of the day with an eye toward the future of civil conversations.
When: January 20
Where: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
Click here for a list of Westchester events from our sister site, Westchester Magazine.