Martin Luther King Junior Day

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Today is a day that reminds of a great tragedy, but also of great hope. Today is the day when New York and the nation stop for a moment to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Through our scientific genius we have made this world a neighborhood; now through our moral and spiritual development, we must make of it a brotherhood." -- MLK
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15.

It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. Conyers and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Democrat of New York, resubmitted King Holiday legislation each subsequent legislative session. Public pressure for the holiday mounted during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington.

The success of this strategy was cemented when musician Stevie Wonder released the single "Happy Birthday" to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law.

Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. A compromise moving the holiday from Jan. 15, King's birthday, which was considered too close to Christmas and New Year's, to the third Monday in January helped overcome opposition to the law. Several southern states include celebrations for various Confederate generals on that day. Arizona voters approved the holiday in 1992 after a tourist boycott. In 1999, New Hampshire changed the name of Civil Rights Day to Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

One place outside the U.S. where Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed with equal importance is in the Japanese city of Hiroshima under mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, who holds a special banquet at the mayor's office as an act of unifying his city's call for peace with King's message of human rights.

Martin Luther King Day events

Martin Luther King celebration
Ph No.: (212) 531-5300
For the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, WNYC and the Apollo Theater will partner for a fourth year to present “Where Do We Go From Here? MLK and the Future of Inclusion,”


MLK gospel show
Full Menu Available for $10 Minimum Per Person, For All Tables,All Ages
The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is the most renowned gospel choir in America and a preeminent gospel choir worldwide. It travels the globe, sharing the joy of faith through its music and raising funds for children's charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem.


Martin Luther King Day Concert
Ph No.: (718) 629-6401
The 12th Annual 'A Shared Dream' Tribute & Concertin honor of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to you in part by: Senator Kevin S. Parker, Time Warner, Healthfirst