"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King’s legacy is more than what has been taught to us through out the years, as the years pass we can determine the importance of his work and why his words inspired so many people. His impacts in the civil rights movements, policy, diversity and education are continued to be seen every day. His views on civil rights, racial equality and the end of segregation are all things we can be thankful for today. His work has been shown immensely in education and especially education abroad where we can see the reflection of opportunities that have been opened and created for all students today.
Celebrating Dr. King’s work, and using this time as remembrance and appreciation to all he has done is very important. If you are in New York City, attending one of the various events that will be happening around the city can be a great option for celebrating this important day.
Below are some good options:
- MLK comedy show in Comedy in Harlem, January 13th at 8 PM
- You can attend a gospel performance at Sony Hall. The Harlem Gospel Choir is the most renowned gospel choir in America. You can see them live for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Matinee on Monday, January 16th.
- Also on Monday, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will host its 37th Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This free public event takes place at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave.) Artists, activists, civic leaders, and community members celebrate Dr. King's life and mission.
- Enjoy a reading from the book of John by Strawberry Fields on Sunday mornings at City Winery, on January 15th.
- Harlem Blues Project Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 15th, at Blue Note New York
- MLK DAY RALLY on January 16th, in Harlem, New York
Martin Luther King’s work has surpassed borders, his passion for racial equality and desegregation has affected the way we currently live, work, study and travel. The correlation between his mission and ours at AIFS Abroad in making Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity a part of everything we do in AIDE is important today.