Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Westchester

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Westchester this year with your family.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Westchester

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Westchester to honor the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. This American Christian minister and activist was a spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and 60s. As an American Federal holiday, most schools and all Federal buildings are closed.

A Free Day to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Day
On Jan. 20, 2020 Barnes & Noble City Center hosts authors, concerts, and face painting. In addition, the event will offer children’s stories and activities throughout the day. The program is presented by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Library, part of the MLK Institute for Nonviolence in White Plains. Of special interest to kids are the face painting, arts & crafts and storytime for children from 11 am to 4 pm. And in addition, Jenny Murphy from babiesandgrands.com offers a Music & Movement session from 1:30 to 2 pm.
Barnes & Noble City Center, 230 Main St., White Plains. 914-397-2420. mlkwestchester.org

Get Creative 

Family Art Project: Freedom Quilters of Gee Bend
In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. The bold patterns and bright colors of these now-famous quilts, made from fabric scraps, would later go on to fund aspects of the community’s freedom. Create your own brilliant compositions out of bountiful squares of donated fabric to celebrate Martin Kuther King, Jr. Day in Westchester. The event is held from 10 am to 1 pm on Jan. 18th and Jan. 19. Activities are free with admission to the grounds, $10 adults, $4 children ages 6-18, under 6 free. Saturday admission to grounds is free before noon. Reservations not required.
Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Riverdale. 718–549–3200. wavehill.org.

Get Educated 

The Civil Rights Struggles and Triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in Westchester at this talk about the struggles and triumphs of Dr. King by Prof. Kristopher Burrell of Hostos Community College. This free event is held on Jan. 20, 2020 from 1 to 2 pm.
Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon. 914-667-4116. nps.gov

Celebrate with Cake

Martin Luther King Jr., Day Party
The library is serving birthday cake and sponsoring fun activities to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Westchester. The event is free and is held Jan. 21, 2020 from 4 to 5 pm.
Mount Vernon Public Library, 20 S. First Ave., Mount Vernon. 914-668-1840. mountvernonpubliclibrary.com  

And beyond …

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by creating artwork inspired by Dr. Kings’ values of compassion, love, courage, and forgiveness. Then attend live performances at 11 am and 1 pm by Karima A. Robinson about Phillis Wheatley, the first published African-American poet. In addition, the day includes a donation drive to help provide weekend meals to children in need. Also note that admission to the Museum is free through Jan. 31, 2020.
Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-0376. brucemuseum.org

Psst … Every summer Westchester County hosts an African-American Heritage Celebration.