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Celebrate the Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Hudson Valley


These are some of the ways you can honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Hudson Valley through online events and self-guided studies.

In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’ve gathered a list of local virtual and outdoor events where you can honor the civil rights leader and carry his dream for equality forward.


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance

Online streaming
November 18, Starting at 11 a.m.

The one-hour tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showcases some of the people and organizations across New York State that embody the principles of one of America’s most significant leaders for social justice, freedom, and equality. The special will broadcast on PBS and be available all day for streaming online.

United Way 21-Day Challenge


Carry out the mission of MLK throughout the month with a 21-Day Challenge from United Way. United Way’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee presents audio, visual, and print resources to spark reflection and challenge ideas. The group has curated regular programming to foster a deeper understanding of how inequality effects everyone’s lives. Sign up for free and spend a few moments each day in contemplation.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Mohonk

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
November 18, Starting at 2 p.m.

SUNY New Paltz Professor Ceista Quinn presents a lecture of some personal reflections about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Later in the day, the film 42 will be screened, detailing the accomplishments and struggles of Jackie Robinson. The evening culminates with a showing of Selma, which tells the story of Dr. King’s march from Selma to Montgomery.

African American Men of Westchester 20th Annual MLK Youth Legacy Awards

November 18, Starting at 12 p.m.

This special awards presentation recognizes outstanding Hudson Valley students who represent the spirit of Dr. King by being beacons of light in their communities for their service and leadership. Four Westchester students will be presented with the Albertina Bloom Scholarship for academic achievement and community service. Join the virtual ceremony live at noon or check out AAMW resources throughout the month.


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In addition to these special events, all month long you can join in on the service-oriented spirit and volunteer at multiple charities across the Hudson Valley. Many of the annual opportunities have been limited due to COVID-19, but there are still ways to give back.

Affect change by supporting these black-owned businesses in the Hudson Valley. Read about the Northern Dutchess NAACP’s president who marched with Dr. King, Elouise Maxey. Get outside with your family at these local state parks and historic sites and give back to nature by helping local parks stay clean.

Click here for more resources from our sister site, Westchester Magazine.

Related: What Martin Luther King’s Legacy Looks Like in Today’s World