MLK Saratoga kicks off this weekend, in honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Saratoga, a celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., will kick off a weekend of community events: from Friday, January 14th till the 17th. Thanks to overwhelming community support and donations this year, all the events will be free and open to the public. 

Registration opened on January 8th. This year will offer a mix of virtual and in-person events. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person events will require proof of vaccination and masks.

The entire celebration kicks off at 7 pm on the 14th, with the 7th annual Dr. King Challenge, a virtual event that features regional performance art, including tap dancing, poetry, music, and theater.

The following day on Saturday, there will be a community peace meditation, a workshop on non-violent communication, a forum on Critical Race Theory, and various community discussions, most of which will be virtual.

In-person events include a film screening and discussion of The Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal at 2 pm – 4 on Saturday. 

Plus, the Joyful Resistance Dance Experience! 2 pm – 3:30

For more information on the schedule of events, you can visit mlksaratoga.org 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday of January) honors and celebrates the profound historical achievements of Dr. King. He was the most influential African-American leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and advocated for the use of non-violent methods to end racial segregation. 

His relentless work and speeches remain a powerful symbol for revolutionary change and battles against oppression in all aspects of society. In 1963, he led the march onto Washington and was instrumental in seeing the Civil Rights Act of ‘64 become a reality. The act outlawed racial discrimination in public facilities, employment, and eventually, voting the following year. 

Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. It was only days after King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, when there were calls for a national MLK day. While legislation to make the holiday official was proposed the same year as his death, it wouldn’t be until 1983 that it was officially passed.

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