Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

Martin Luther King. Jr. Day this year lands on Monday, Jan. 16. This gives us an entire weekend to celebrate the past, present, and future the civil rights leader left behind as part of  his legacy. 

Below are in-person and virtual events throughout New York City to celebrate at and reflect on the life of MLK. 

City of Newark Host 35th Annual “Sing in Praise of King”
Monday, January 16, 2023, 7:00pm
Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad Street, Newark
Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Gospel Singer Ian Johnson, Gospel Singer John P. Kee and other dignitaries

The Martin Luther King “We Won’t Go Back” March
Sunday, January 15, 2023, 2:00pm
Beginning at the Martin Luther King Statue
495 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Newark, NJ
Contact: (973)801-0001
Sponsored by People’s Organization For Progress (POP), this march is held January 15th, the actual birthday of Martin Luther King.

Community Day: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 16, 2023:12 PM – 5pm
The Newark Museum of Art
49 Washington St
Newark, NJ
Free Event
Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with dynamic performances, hands-on activities, and opportunities to help others. There’s something for the whole family! Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to support a local food bank, women’s shelter, or church.

Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service — “I Have A Dream” Walk
Monday, January 16, 2023; from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Millburn High School Track
462 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ
Volunteers will come together in solidarity to support the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice causes by walking 2 miles or running a 5k. 50% of all funds raised for this project support the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Registration for this project is FREE. This event is appropriate for ages 4+.

NJCU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Thursday, January 19th, 2023: 1pm – 2:30pm
at the Gothic Lounge (H202)
at Hepburn Hall.
New Jersey City University
2039 JFK Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597
Contact: The Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center. [email protected] 201-200-3524
Web Site
This event features Keynote Speaker Dr. Aishah Scott. Dr. Aishah Scott is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor of Black Studies and Health Science at Providence College. She is an advocate for social justice and closing gaps in healthcare for underrepresented communities.
There will also be Scholarship awards.

SEED MLK Commemorative Breakfast
January 14, 2023; 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $65
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact, S.E.E.D. (Servants Endeavoring to Empower and Develop) has announced the theme of this year’s gathering; The Power of the Dream: Justice for All. The keynote speaker for this year’s breakfast is Reverend Charles F. Boyer, the pastor of Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. in Trenton as well as the founder of Salvation and Social Justice, a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of the Black faith community. The Drum Major for Service Awards will include Joy Bethea, Danielle Miller Winrow, Brother Jean Bouie, and Pastor John Taylor. The Harriet Tubman Award will be presented to Jacqueline-Tolbert Beverly.

All proceeds will benefit the S.E.E.D. and Heal the City initiatives.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day – Community Bagel Breakfast
Monday, January 16, 2023; 9 AM – 11AM
Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ
Free Event
The Arts Council of Princeton will be celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The featured speaker ill be Tina Campt – noted Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art and Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University – during a community bagel and coffee breakfast.   Families are invited to pick up a copy of an updated limited-edition coloring book featuring prominent Black residents of Princeton from history, including accomplished business owners, politicians, educators and influential women, in addition to Martin Luther King Jr.’s visits to campus in the 1960s, designed in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton, neighborhood historian Shirley Satterfield, and Princeton University Wintersession.   Help us help those in need: bring canned or boxed non-perishables for our food drive. All donations will benefit Princeton Nursery School, a non-profit organization providing a quality preschool education program and child care for families in need, providing a diverse environment and a broad array of support services.

Spend MLK Day in Nature
Monday, January 16, 2023:10 AM & 1 PM
Mountain Lakes House
57 Mountain Ave
Princeton, NJ
Friends of Princeton Open Space, a nonprofit dedicated to land preservation, is hosting a Day of Service in Nature in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please help us continue our work on the Riparian Restoration Project: Restore the Lakeshore! at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton, New Jersey. Volunteers will work under the guidance of their Natural Resources and Stewardship Director, to identify and remove invasive plants species, such as burning bush (Euonymus alatus) and multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora).

West Windsor MLK Day of Service
January 16, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Rd.
Princeton Junction, NJ
(609) 716-1931
Join West Windsor Arts Council and African American Parent Support Group as they partner with local agencies to provide much needed assistance to the people they serve. In order to help plan accordingly, please register each individual in your group for a timeslot by selecting one of the available tickets. Families, clubs, or corporate groups welcome. The total number of volunteer spots are limited for the safety of our participants. “Donations organizers” will work inside West Windsor Arts to package donations as they arrive into kits to be ready for delivery. Anyone may donate items! Registration is not required. Bring your donated items to West Windsor Arts on the day of the event between the hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm -OR- in advance from January 9 – 13 between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Martin Luther King Day of Service at Rutgers–Camden
Friday, January 13, 2023; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cramer Hill Community Center
1035 Reeves Ave
Camden, NJ
On January 13, 2023, tens of thousands of people across our country will gather to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through acts of service. At Rutgers–Camden, we they be participating in a community cleanup at the Cramer Hill Community Center.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University
Monday, January 16, 2023: @9am.
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center
201 Mullica Hill Road
Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
Website – Registration
Cost: Breakfast: $75
Contact: 856-256-4059, [email protected]
Join in for an uplifting gathering in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event celebrates the life and legacy of a true American visionary. All proceeds will support our students through the William H. Myers Memorial Scholarships. Guests will enjoy remarks from: Dr. Mae C. Jemison – Special Guest, The first woman of color to travel into space and NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist. Rick Williams – Master of Ceremonies, Current co-anchor of Action News at 5 p.m. and anchor of Action News at 11 p.m.

Gloucester Township’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2023; 8:30 am – noon
Charles W. Lewis Middle School
875 Erial Road
Blackwood, NJ
Join Mayor David Mayer, Township Council, Gloucester Township Public Schools, and Friends and Neighbors by volunteering your time to fulfill Dr. King’s dream of helping others. As Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?”
Be a part of fun and worthwhile service projects that have a lasting impact on our entire community. They are limiting preregistration to 500 volunteers. Online registration will end on Thursday, January 12th at Noon. Event day registration is available, however project availability may be limited.

Ocean City Martin Luther King Jr Ceremony
Monday, January 16, 2023: at 12:00 PM
Music Pier
825 Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ 08226
The ceremony will start at 12 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event brings the community together to remember Dr. King through words, song and dance. The Martin Luther King Community Services Award will honor local volunteers.  The event will be followed by a complimentary buffet luncheon in the Music Pier solarium. Free parking will be available in the municipal lots on Moorlyn Terrace, Eighth Street and Ninth Street.

Stockton University Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 16, 2023; @ 8:30am
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
(609) 652-4256
[email protected]
Volunteer registration and event information
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is Stockton University’s signature Annual Day of Service. It brings together over 500 students, community members, and community partners, and often encompasses over 15 projects both on- and off-campus. The goal of Days of Service are to provide an intensive, community-wide experience for students and to introduce them to partners where they can serve long-term and develop an ongoing relationship.  

Rutgers Law BLSA’s 27th Annual MLK Gala!
Friday, January 20, 2023; 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
The Merion
1301 U.S. 130
Cinnaminson, NJ
Website /Tickets
Cost: General Admission: $115, Past Honoree Admission Free, & Student Admission $35.00
the Rutgers School of Law-Camden Black Law Student Association will be honoring three champions of Social Justice that embody the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. The Gala festivities will begin with a cocktail reception at 7:00 PM, followed by a seated dinner and the awards ceremony. Each Gala ticket includes a 3 course seated dinner and open bar.


NYC Parks Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Join NYC Parks and volunteers to help clean up and care for parks across the five boroughs. 

When: Saturday, Jan. 14 – Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. start

Where: Various parks across the city

2023 Annual MLK Serve-A-Thon

Join Hunger Free America for their annual 2023 MLK-Serve-a-thon. There is a wide variety of meaningful opportunities to serve, both in person and virtually, through volunteer events, panels, and workshops.

When: Thursday, Jan. 12 – Monday, Jan. 16

Where: Various service locations across the city

Apollo Theater’s Uptown Hall: MLK – Blueprint For The Culture 

The 17th annual Apollo Uptown Hall MLK celebration focuses on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s as the template for modern social and civil justice movements.

When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 3 p.m. 

Where: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Jackie Robinson Museum

Honor the legacy of Dr. King and the fight for civil rights at the Jackie Robinson Museum, where you can learn about Jackie Robinson and Dr. King’s close friendship and their collaboration during landmark campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement.

When: Monday, Jan. 16, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: One Hudson Square Building, 75 Varick St, New York, NY 10013


BAM’s 37th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Join BAM or via livestream for this beloved Brooklyn tradition, which rings in a new year with music, performances, and an urgent and timely call to action—Defending Democracy—led by keynote speaker Sherrilyn Ifill. The civil rights lawyer and former President and Director-Counsel of LDF (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund) was one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2021.

When: Monday, Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn Children’s Museum MLK Day Celebration

Join the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through interactive performances, protest marches, community art programs, and volunteer projects.

When: Saturday, Jan. 14 – Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. start

Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213


Queens College Annual Celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Come share the dream at KCA’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Every January since 2017, KCA and Queens College have held a special event in honor and memory of Dr. King’s legacy and connection to Queens College, where he delivered a powerful speech in 1965. This year’s program will feature a special performance by Grammy-nominated jazz songstress Samara Joy, a keynote address by the event’s honoree, Dr. Jelani Cobb, a recognition ceremony, and a post-show reception.

When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, CUNY, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367-1597

Queens Botanical Garden MLK Day Celebration

Come for crafts, story time, and a guided winter walk centered on and promoting love, hope, and unity. Recommended for age 5 and up.

When: Monday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street Flushing, NY 11355

The Bronx

City Year New York’s MLK Day Of Service

Join over 500 volunteers to hear from inspiring speakers, build community, and work on school beautification projects. For those unable to join in person, there will be a virtual option.

When: Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: The Highbridge Green School, 200 W 167th St, Bronx, NY 10452

Wave Hill House Family Art Project: Freedom Quilters of Gee’s Bend

Create your own fabric collage out of bountiful squares of fabric scraps to honor Dr. King’s Birthday and the inspiring women quilters of Gee’s Bend.

When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave, The Bronx, NY 10471


Use your inner artist to create a MLK craft in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

When: Thursday, Jan. 12, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Morrisania Library, 610 East 169th Street, Bronx, NY 10456

Staten Island

Staten Island Children’s Museum: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Music Programs with Walter Rutledge

A special program titled “It Is Only in Darkness Can You See The Stars.” will be hosted during the 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. sessions. It will feature live vocal and and keyboard accompaniment by Staten Island native Jeannine Otis. The two afternoon sessions, at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., will offer a special MLK Dance Party combining children’s music favorites and music from the Civil Rights movement.

When: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. 

Where: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building M, Staten Island, NY 10301