How to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Continuum
Updated: Jan 17
Here are five amazing ways to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy in promoting peace and equality for all, whether you want to learn more about his impact with the Civil Rights Movement or commit to a day of kindness and service.
Dr. King giving his "I Have A Dream Speech"
Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, an American federal holiday observed on the third Monday in January, is a time to reflect on the legacy of the influential civil rights leader. MLK day is encouraged and observed as “a day on, not a day off” designated as a day of service for all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. While COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns have cancelled many in-person celebrations and volunteering efforts, there are many safe and virtual activities you can take part in.
The Art Institute of Chicago will host a series of online and virtual exhibits, programs, and talks to highlight the role that art plays in political and social transformation in a creative way to amplify voices of equality and justice.
Hunger Free America, a nonpartisan and national nonprofit organization working to end domestic hunger, will have an “M.L.K. Serve-a-Thon” from Jan. 18th to the 19th. This serve-a-thon will consist of a series of virtual workshops to lead volunteering projects and have conversations about how food insecurity intersects with other social issues.
Learn more: hungerfreeamerica.org
The National Museum of African American History and Culture located in Washington is hosting a free social justice-themed virtual concert by the jazz composer Christian McBride and students from the Juilliard School on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. Eastern.
Learn more: nmaahc.si.edu
Food Bank for New York City, an independent, hunger relief nonprofit organization, is holding a Zoom event at 11 a.m. Eastern on Jan. 18 will write personal letters to those in need at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Queens.
Learn more: foodbanknyc.org
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, N.C., will host a free daylong, online celebration on Jan. 18 that includes an insightful panel discussion and an aural history tour at 10 a.m. Eastern. Registration is required.