With Remembrances and Action, CUNY Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The City University of New York will observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a series of commemorative events and volunteer activities on its campuses and throughout the city.

Among the highlights are Medgar Evers College’s 33rd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, presented in association with BAM and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, bringing together world-renowned activists, public figures and performers   for a tribute to King and his legacy; a celebratory performance by the famed Dance Theater of Harlem at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts; and a joint City College and Guttman Community College “Day of Service” in which students will contribute to the Harlem community by painting the facilities of East Harlem Scholars Academy II.

“At CUNY, we strive to express Dr. King’s ideals through our mission of serving students from all backgrounds, and we join the nation in honoring his legacy,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “One of the memorable and moving events in CUNY history was Dr. King’s 1963 commencement address at City College, which he delivered just hours after the assassination of Medgar Evers in Mississippi. His words that day ring true more than half a century later. Now more than ever our university endeavors to help ‘transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.’ ”

CUNY’s 2019 MLK Day activities include:

Medgar Evers College

Event Title: The 33rd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date and Time: Monday, January 21, 2019, at 10:30 am

Venue: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Description: New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns for the 33rd year. Presented by BAM, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York, this free event brings world-renowned activists, public figures, and civic leaders together with musicians and other performers to pay tribute to King’s legacy and keep his message alive. The full-day event will feature keynote speaker Tarana Burke, founder of the MeToo movement; musical performances by Oddisee and The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir; a movie screening and an art exhibition.

Admission: The event is free and open to the public. General admission tickets to this event will be distributed on a first-come, first-seated basis. Lobby doors open at 8 am.

City College of New York and Guttman Community College

Event Title:  MLK Day of Service

Date and Time: Saturday, January 19, 10 am to 5 pm

Venue: East Harlem Scholars Academy II at 1573 Madison Avenue, Manhattan

Description: The MLK Day of Service, a partnership between The City College of New York’s Division of Student Life and Leadership Development and Guttman Community College’s Student Leadership & Campus Life office, will be held at the East Harlem Scholars Academy II, which is part of the East Harlem Tutorial Program. Students will spend the day helping paint classrooms to make a difference in the Harlem community. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Queens College 

Event Title:  Dance Theatre of Harlem: A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 20, 4 to 6 pm

Venue: Colden Auditorium, Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, Queens

Description: The acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to Queens College to headline the school’s fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration. Dance Theatre of Harlem founding member and artistic director Virginia Johnson will be the honoree and keynote speaker. Performances will include “Harlem on My Mind,” “Corsaire Pas de Deux,” Balamouk, and Return, a work created by Dance Theatre of Harlem’s resident choreographer Robert Garland set to the music of Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

Admission: Tickets are $35, available on Ticketmaster via the Kupferberg Center or call the box office at 718-793-8080.

Hostos Community College 

Event Title:  Student Volunteer Day with Bronx is Blooming (CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)

Date: Saturday, January 19, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Mullaly Park, Jerome Avenue to River Avenue between E. 164th Street and McClellan Street, at Cromwell Avenue, the Bronx

Description:  Hostos students will partner with Bronx is Blooming, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental advocacy, community building, and youth leadership development in the Bronx, to revitalize and maintain Mullaly Park, a multiple-use green space in the Bronx.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 24 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies

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