Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at These Hudson Valley Events

Honor the legacy of civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. at these celebratory events in the Hudson Valley.

To help commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’ve compiled a list of events and volunteer opportunities throughout January in the Hudson Valley. From short film screenings to clothing drives, there’s a way for everyone to honor the late minister and civil rights activist this month.

African American Men of Westchester Legacy Youth Awards

Sleepy Hollow Conference Center, Tarrytown
January 15, 11:30 a.m.

 

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In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, the African American Men of Westchester will honor four Westchester students “who represent the spirit of Dr. King” at this 23rd annual event. Students will be recognized with a $2,500 scholarship award for contributions they’ve made to their respective communities.

CDALF MLK Day of Service

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Latham
January 15, 9 a.m.

The Capital District Area Labor Federation holds its fourth annual day of service at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham. The event will honor Dr. King’s 95th birthday with volunteer services to help communities in need because, as Dr. King stated, “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others.”

Civic Minded: MLK Day Interactive Webinar

Online
January 13, 10-11:15 a.m.

 

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In celebration of Dr. King’s life and birthday, Volunteer New York! hosts an online interactive webinar that will focus on the importance of civic engagement and ways that individuals can change their communities. Join others around the Hudson Valley for this virtual event to learn how to take action and address local challenges.

Feeding Westchester

Throughout Westchester
January 15

Embrace the spirit of service that defined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life by joining Westchester in celebrating his enduring legacy. Donate funds, food, or your time as a volunteer in support of Feeding Westchester’s campaign. Donations can be made online or in-person.

Free Tours of Clermont State Historic Site

Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown
January 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join others at Clermont State Historic Site for free tours all day. Tours will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11 a.m. to celebrate community, followed by an exploration of exhibits, free refreshments, and family-friendly activities in the visitor center.

I Have a Dream Day

Valley Cottage Library, Valley Cottage
January 15, 12 p.m.

This family-friendly event honors and celebrates the legacy of Dr. King at the Valley Cottage Library. Watch local artist Medjine Antoine paint a portrait of the reverend, hear live music by the Andrew Lamb Trio, make crafts with your children, and enjoy cider and cookies along the way.

Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Parade

Springfield Baptist Church, Beacon
January 15, 9 a.m.

 

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Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Beacon’s 10th annual parade. The parade was founded by the late Pete Seeger, activist and local resident of Beacon who always dreamed of honoring Dr. King in a community-oriented way. Kicking off at Springfield Baptist Church, the parade will continue throughout the town.

NYICFF Celebrating Black Stories

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville
January 15, 1 p.m.

Presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, this event at the Jacob Burns Film Center features a series of family-friendly short films “that transcend national boundaries, culture, and language” and serve as an “immersive collection of films highlighting black storytelling.” Tickets are available online and range from $9-16.

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