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SLA NY Celebrates MLK, Jr. Day - events from today through Monday January 18th

  • 1.  SLA NY Celebrates MLK, Jr. Day - events from today through Monday January 18th

    Posted 01-15-2021 21:53
    Celebrate and Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. & the National Day of Service 2021 
    Monday, January 18, 2020

    Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verbs agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR

    The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader's life and legacy.  MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

    It may seem harder to participate in commemorating the civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr, and the National Day of Service we envisioned we would, but opportunities do exist.  We have rounded up some possible events you can take part in listed below.

    Yamiche Alcindor: "The Legacy of MLK: Purpose, Truth and Justice"
    Monday, January 18, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8 PM EST

    GVSU welcomes Alcindor as the keynote speaker for the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration program

    Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and an NBC and MSNBC political contributor.

    Alcindor will give the keynote presentation on Monday, January 18, during the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration program for the West Michigan community. The program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. with the keynote beginning at 7 p.m.

    Register for this free event

    Angela Davis: 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote and Awards Celebration
    Monday, January 18, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET

    Sponsored by Oregon State University, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association

    This year's keynote speaker is Angela Davis, American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

    The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Monday, January 18, 2021, 11 AM ET

    We come together to honor iconic civil right leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at this digital adaptation of our beloved annual event. Audience members from around the world are invited to join us for New York City's largest public celebration of Dr. King's legacy, a free virtual program featuring world-renowned activists, public figures, and civic leaders alongside musicians and other performers.

    After a painful year, we take this moment to reflect and to move towards the future. We draw inspiration from Dr. King's words, his life, and the actions of those around us who continue the fight for equality and justice. With a keynote address by Alicia Garza-author of The Purpose of Power, principal at Black Futures Lab, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network-and performances by Grammy winner PJ Morton, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Sing Harlem!, poets Timothy DuWhite and Ashley August, and other changemakers, this tribute to Dr. King grounds us in a message of hard-earned hope.

    City Year New York MLK Day of Service
    Monday January 18th, 2021, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM ET

    Join us for a virtual community summit. The day will be filled with learning, sharing, community building, and service!

    City Year focuses on supporting the development, growth and success of students in systemically under-resourced schools, while preparing our AmeriCorps members to be leaders in their communities and careers.

    "Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in." – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR

    The People's Holiday
    National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Monday, January 18th, 2021, 4-5:30PM
    Free, registration required

    NMAAHC's annual community program entitled A People's Holiday features six-time Grammy award-winning bassist, composer, and educator Christian McBride in a digital performance inspired by his social justice-focused album entitled, The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons. The 45-minute concert of jazz and poetry will feature performances of students from The Julliard School and a poetry reading by the legendary Sonia Sanchez. The concert will conclude with a conversation between McBride and Sanchez moderated by Dwandalyn Reece, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs. This concert honors Dr. Kings' commitment to racial quality, justice, and service.

    Monday January 18th, 2021

    Location: 117th street and Malcolm X Boulevard

    Volunteers will help us care for local street trees and learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees. They will also learn about the important roles street trees play in New York City. . Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.  Contact: Stewardship NYC Parks718-392-5232

    As always, you may likely find some new ways to redirect our time and resources that have direct impact on this global, and very local pandemic including: supporting a Mutual Aid group, donating to a relief fund, seeking out non-profits that have Covid specific local programing projects, working with organizations that direct their efforts to marginalized members of the society that are disproportionality affected by the crisis, etc.

     SLA NY Events Committee

    PS  Know of other events?  Please share details in the thread of this post.

    Clara Cabrera
    DICE Co-Convener
    SLA NY Events Chair/Diversity Co-Chair

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  • 2.  RE: SLA NY Celebrates MLK, Jr. Day - events from today through Monday January 18th

    Posted 01-17-2021 20:28
    Hi all,

    Also sharing this MLK weekend event from the African American Museum in Philadelphia:

    Tomorrow, Monday, January 18 will be their last day of MLK Mornings where they will be hosting a Dreamline Workshop (10:30-11:15AM) and a Transcribe-a-Thon (11:30AM-12PM) of written records by The Freedmen's Bureau from the 19th century.


    Alice Griffin
    SLA-NY Board Secretary
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