Three Things to See: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement

Throughout his life, civil rights leader and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. remained steadfast in his conviction that the idea of equality should be a reality for all people. An inspiration to the world, Dr. King’s work was the all-important catalyst in a long struggle to enormous change in our social history. His legacy lives on through the many events that are dedicated in tribute to him in New York City this weekend and beyond. Below are three of our top picks to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Harlem and Brooklyn.

Studio Museum

Photo by Kia Labeija
Photograph by Kia Labeija at Studio Museum.

WHO: Group show featuring artwork by Kia Labejia.

WHAT: Gallery Tour, “Harlem Postcards” Fall/Winter 2015-16

WHEN: Sunday, 1/17,  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Studio Museum

WHY: Founded in 1968, the Studio Museum was the first contemporary art museum devoted to the works of African-American artists. The museum presents exhibitions, has a robust and influential Artist-in-Residence program, a permanent collection, and research and archival spaces. The Artist-in-Residence program was on of the museum’s founding initiatives, and where the Museum gets “Studio” in its name. This Sunday, the museum will present Harlem Postcards, “an ongoing project that invites contemporary artists to create postcards that evoke the cultural ferment, political vitality, visual stimulation and artistic inspiration of Harlem.” RSVP to grab a free ticket here.


Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater
Panel discussion at Apollo Theater.

WHO: Hosts Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd. Performance by Daniel Bernard Roumain. Special Guests Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Emeline Michel.

WHATApollo Uptown Hall- Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas

WHEN: Sunday, 1/17, 3:00 PM

WHERE: Apollo Theater

WHY: The storied music hall and venue will be presenting a panel discussion as well as hosting performances centered around Dr. King. Currently, tickets are no longer being offered due to an influx of requests, but patrons can choose to stand-by on the day of the event. Click here for more information.


Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAM Performance
BAM Performance.

WHO: Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Performances by The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and Kimberly Nichole.

WHATThe 30th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WHEN: Monday, 1/18, 10:30AM


WHY: Each January, artists, activists, civic leaders, and community members come together at BAM to honor the legacy and share the dream of Dr. King. A BAM tradition since 1990, this event is the largest of its kind in New York City. The program features a keynote address as well as musical performances, and an art exhibition. Following the tribute there will be a screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (directed by Stanley Nelson) in BAM Rose Cinemas.