4 Best Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy in Brooklyn

On Monday, New Yorkers will gather with the rest of the nation not only to celebrate the birthday of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., but also to honor the legacy he left behind for future generations.

King would have turn 87 this year and even 48 years after his assassination, communities throughout the city continue to keep his memory alive.

Below are events taking place throughout the city on Jan. 18 to honor Dr. King.

All public schools and government offices — including libraries — will be closed Monday. Alternate side parking is suspended and there will be no collection of garbage.

New York City subways are expected to run on a regular weekday schedule.

1. Grace Reformed Church of Flatbush (1800 Bedford Avenue)


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At the Grace Reformed Church of Flatbush, located 1800 Bedford Ave., the community will gather for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Storytelling and Music Event from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 


The event is hosted by the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association and features dancers, musicians, artists and readings by authors Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, who will present their book “Two Friends” about Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.

2. Brooklyn Academy of Music (30 Lafayette Avenue)

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The Brooklyn Academy of Music will present its 30th annual celebration of the civil rights leader at 10:30 a.m. at the Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Ave. 

This year features a keynote address by professor, author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson; and music performances by Kimberly Nichole and The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.

3. M.S.61 (400 Empire Blvd.)

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Even though all public school are closed on Monday, students at M.S.61 located at 400 Empire Blvd. in Brooklyn will spend the day celebrating Dr. King. 


Their day begins with fun activities at their school, then they will march over the Brooklyn Bridge and head to the Sheen Center at 18 Bleecker St. for the MLK Dream Concert at 4 p.m.

4. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (230 Classon Avenue)


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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church located at 230 Classon Ave. in Brooklyn will present its annual Martin Luther King Holiday event at 4 p.m. 

During the event local elected officials and leaders will read King’s speeches, sermons, and writings. There will also be music, some of which the leader himself enjoyed listening to.

By: Angy Altamirano, Metro New York

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