NY, NJ, CT Scheduled Events – NBC New York

Celebrated on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.

Every year on this day, countless Americans across the country step up and volunteer to leave a positive impact in their communities.

With this in mind, many organizations in our region are holding events to commemorate Dr. King.

Whether you decide to help clean up a park, become a mentor, help someone facing hardship, or join in a discussion to gain insight, there are countless events happening in the area. of the Tri-States to keep the memory and legacy of MLK alive.

Hunger Free America has honored MLK Day with service and action for years. This year, the organization’s Serve-A-Thon will focus on a series of virtual and in-person events, in partnership with other nonprofits and the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Locally, Serve-A-Thon events are scheduled to take place January 14-17 at the following locations:

  • Saturday January 15 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Connected Chef Farm booth, located at 49-05 5th Street, Long Island City, Queens;
  • Sunday January 16 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kehilat Food Pantry, located at 150-62 78th Rd, Flushing, Queens, New York;
  • Monday January 17 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kehilat Food Pantry, located at 150-62 78th Rd, Flushing, Queens, New York.

“As a global pandemic and the fight for racial justice rages on, it is more important than ever to elevate Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of justice,” the organization said.

Hunger Free America is an organization that focuses on political advocacy to help struggling Americans. The organization conducts research about food benefit programs and the issues facing low-income Americans.

For more information on Serve-A-Thon, Click here.


To celebrate MLK Day, NYC Parks is hosting a number of volunteer events to help clean up and maintain parks across all five boroughs.

For more information and a list of participating locations, Click here.


The Brooklyn Academy of Music, also known as BAM, is celebrating MLK Day this year with visual art titled “Salvation: A State of Being.”

The collective public art exhibition, which explores black art as a form of visual activism, will be displayed on a loop on a digital billboard located at the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette avenues from Friday, January 14 through January 21.

The exhibition will feature works by seven black photographers – Adama Delphine Fawundu, Genevieve Gaignard, Jamel Shabazz, Frank Stewart, Roscoè B. Thické III, Deborah Willis and Joshua Woods. The project, which is led by BAM guest curator Larry Ossei-Mensah, aims to spark civic discourse in Brooklyn around Dr. King’s legacy and encourage viewers to think about: what is love ? What is the next step in the journey to liberation?

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue (Brooklyn), is hosting events throughout the weekend and Monday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interactive performances, protest marches, community art programs and volunteer projects are planned.

SATURDAY, JAN. 15

Morning session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Shadow Puppets with Nehprii Amenii
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Shadow puppets with Nehprii Amenii
Ongoing: ColorLab Community Dream Cloud

Afternoon session: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Creation of posters and musical procession with Fyütch
Ongoing: ColorLab Community Dream Cloud

SUNDAY, JAN. 16

Morning session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Shadow Puppets with Nehprii Amenii
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Shadow puppets with Nehprii Amenii
Ongoing: ColorLab Community Dream Cloud

Afternoon session: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Creation of posters and musical procession with Fyütch
Ongoing: ColorLab Community Dream Cloud

MONDAY, JAN. 17

Morning session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Repairing the world volunteer project
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Shadow puppets with Nehprii Amenii
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Fyütch poster making and musical procession
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Repair the World volunteer project
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Shadow Puppets with Nehprii Amenii
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Repair the World volunteer project
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Fyütch poster making and musical procession
Ongoing: ColorLab Community Dream Cloud

Afternoon session: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Repairing the world volunteer project
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Shadow Puppets with Nehprii Amenii
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Fyütch poster making and musical procession
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Repair the world volunteer project
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Shadow puppets with Nehprii Amenii
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Repairing the world volunteer project
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Fyütch poster making and musical procession
Ongoing: ColorLab Community Dream Cloud

For more information on the Museum’s MLK Weekend activities, including ticket prices, Click here.


Stamford JCC has a slate of events taking place across the city of Connecticut to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., including a park cleanup, donation drive, food prep, as well as in-person film screening and virtual book discussion.

For more information on scheduled events, Click here.


Queens College is hosting a virtual MLK celebration with speakers, performances and video presentations.

The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 17 starting at 3 p.m.

For more information, Click here.


There are countless other volunteer opportunities on MLK Service Day or throughout the year. The following websites can help you get started:

  • Volunteer in New York: Find an updated list of volunteer opportunities throughout the year in New York City.
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Commission of New Jersey: This commission provides information on events unfolding in the Garden State that keep the legacy of the civil rights leader alive.
  • Jersey care: This non-profit organization, established in 1993, recruits and engages volunteers in efforts that meet the needs identified by the community. They provide a long list of volunteer opportunities in honor of Dr. King.

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