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The best Martin Luther King Day events in NYC

Pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his work as a civil rights leader during these MLK Day events

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Pay tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr. during these wonderful MLK day events. Along with becoming a volunteer in NYC to honor Dr. King's memory, there are plenty of Martin Luther King Day events to check out leading up to the day (January 16, 2023). From music tributes to volunteer opportunities, here's what you should do. Don't miss out on some of the best things to do in January, along with other great things to do in winter.

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Best Martin Luther King Day events in NYC

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

Did you know that in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a protest and gave a speech in Central Park? This project helped re-ignite a long tradition of activism in the Park dating back to the 1800s and continuing today.

In honor of Marting Luther King, Jr. Day, expert guides from the Central Park Conservancy are leading 90-minute tours exploring the park's history of activism. You'll get to follow in the footsteps of activists and learn how Central Park became a democratic space where people feel empowered to use their voice and take a stand.

Tours run on the following dates: Saturday, January 14; Saturday, January 21; Friday, January 27; Thursday, February 16; and Sunday, February 19.

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