Martin Luther King Day in NYC guide

Our guide to celebrating Martin Luther King Day in NYC will help you pinpoint the best MLK Day events and tributes

Martin Luther King Day Tribute at BAM
Photograph: Elena Olivo

Since it was first observed nationwide in January of 1986, Martin Luther King Day has served as a reminder to honor the doctor’s legacy to the causes of civil rights, nonviolent opposition and community service. If you plan to celebrate, NYC hosts many events and tributes honoring the man with a dream. Along with becoming a volunteer in NYC, we also suggest taking the time to explore the epicenter of African-American culture—Harlem, New York. Visit one of the best Harlem restaurants when you go. And don't miss out on some of the other best things to do in January, along with other great things to do this winter.

When is Martin Luther King Day?

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 21, 2019.

Martin Luther King Day in NYC

The best Martin Luther King Day events in NYC
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The best Martin Luther King Day events in NYC

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