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New-York Historical Society Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. this Weekend

martin-luther-kingIn honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the New-York Historical Society presents a weekend of family programs—including historical reenactors and a kid-friendly panel conversation on a major moment in the Civil Rights Movement—as well as a special installation dedicated to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American history, featuring objects from the recently acquired Time Inc. archive.  The Museum, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on January 18 for this special occasion.
A letter written by Martin Luther King, Jr. to Time magazine publisher Henry R. Luce, expressing his thanks for being named Time’s “Man of the Year, will be on display in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library through February 28. Also on view: an 1827 copy of Freedom’s Journal, the first American newspaper owned and operated by African Americans; the property deed to Manuel de Spanje, who after purchasing his freedom from his owner in 1651 became one of the first emancipated blacks in New Amsterdam; and other documents related to New York African American history.
Family Programs :
Living History Days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, January 16–18, 11 am – 4 pm
Free with Museum Admission
All Ages
Rally around the 26th New York Regiment U.S. Colored Troops at the New-York Historical Society all weekend. Find out what it was like to fight for racial equality during the American Civil War 150 years before the Civil Rights Movement! Get a close-up look at their clothing, gear, and training to decide for yourself if you would have been ready for battle!

Civil Rights Then and Now: Black Power at 50
Sunday, January 17, 2 pm – 4 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Ages 9 and up
Join us for a kid-friendly panel conversation on a major moment in the Civil Rights Movement. In June of 1966, Stokely Carmichael first used the term “black power” as a public rallying cry during the March Against Fear. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program will give families historical background and tools for understanding both past and present struggles for racial justice. Panelists will include Dennis Parker, Director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union; Dr. Donna Murch, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers; and writer, youth theater director, Columbia University professor, and activist Jamal Joseph, who joined the Black Panther Party at age 15 in 1968. For the last part of the program, come have light snacks and chat about the Civil Rights Movement of the future with other attendees in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Meet the Author Storytime: Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Monday, January 18, 2 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Ages 6 and up
Listen to author Calvin Alexander Ramsey read his story, Ruth and the Green Book,  about a girl named Ruth helping her family navigate through the Jim Crow South using the Negro Motorist’s Green Book, first published by Harlem postman Victor Hugo Green in 1936. This book advised black travelers which southern towns were and were not safe, and which hotels, restaurants, and businesses would serve them. After reading, Ramsey will answer questions in the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s Library and sign books in our Museum Store. Calvin Alexander Ramsey is an accomplished playwright, documentary filmmaker, and children’s book author, and is a proud recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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