Sure you get off of work for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and alternate side parking is suspended, but there are way better ways to honor the legacy of America’s most famous Civil Rights leader in Brooklyn than by sleeping late and not having to move your car for a few hours. All weekend long and into Monday, you can freely (like actually for free) participate in several Brooklyn-based cultural events that offer tribute to the man who committed his life to peace, freedom and justice for all — or find a local volunteer opportunity to follow your own call to service.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, 718 -735-4400, Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 pm, free with museum admission (ages 6 and up).
Perfect for families, this program features an arts and crafts project inspired by the work of Coretta Scott King, Civil Rights activist and widow of MLK, Jr. The program encourages you to “use your mind’s eye to design a creative craft about the King family.”
Puppet’s Jazz Bar, 481 Fifth Ave., (718) 499-2622, Sunday, 4-6 pm.
The Poetic Notion Experience presents Funkin’ For Martin Luther King, Jr, a show inspired by MLK’s fight for peace and freedom, featuring Beverly Holmes, Mekka Timberlake, Lisa Roma, Vinnie Messina, Mike Czekaj and Rob Darnell.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, 718.636.4100, Monday, 10:30 am, free.
The 25th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features a keynote address at the Howard Gilman Opera House by novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley and performances from Persuasions and the Reverend Timothy Wright Memorial Choir of the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center. This event will be followed by a free screening of the documentary, Neshoba: The Price of Freedom. Other BAM events this weekend feature free music and an exhibition of students’ artwork inspired by King’s legacy.
Long Island University WRAC Center, 161 Ashland Place, Monday, 2:00 pm, free.
A free kids’ (ages 8-12) basketball clinic will follow the Division 1 women’s basketball game between the LIU Blackbirds and Mount St. Mary’s.The PS 307 Diamonds Cheerleading Squad and MS 113 Marching Band will also perform. To register for the clinic, contact Greg Fox, LIU Associate Athletic Director, at 718-488-1018 or [email protected]. Tickets to the game are free.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is also known as the Martin Luther King Day of Service, which encourages Americans to give back to their local communities. Check the official site to find a service project near you. Or check out The New York Coalition Against Hunger to register for the MLK Serve-a-Thon, a volunteer event designed to help out the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens.