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MLK Day: Community Activities and Initiatives in the NJ/ NY Area

By Gotham FC, 01/15/23, 9:00PM EST


In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Gotham FC is taking the opportunity to honor and reflect on the life of the prominent civil rights leader and activist. We have provided a list of events and volunteer options in the New York/New Jersey area for our fans to continue to learn and highlight MLK's legacy. We are committed to making a difference in our community and look forward to continuing to push and educate for equality and change.

Volunteer Projects (NY)


MLK Day of Service: Idlewild Park Coastal Cleanup

Join NYC Parks Stewardship to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! Volunteers will help remove old tires and debris from the coastline creating a healthier ecosystem.


Day of Service: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Join Prospect Park Alliance to care for your Park! On MLK Day, you'll focus your efforts around the Music Pagoda. Tasks will include: spreading woodchips, raking leaves, litter removal, and more.


Feeding Westchester

January 16th through the end of the month. Feeding Westchester will host its MLK Day “It Starts With Me” campaign, which encourages locals to donate cereal to the organization’s Winter Food Drive, start a fundraiser, or make winter “Help From Home” bags. Sign up or make a donation online.

Volunteer Projects (NJ)


Community Day: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with dynamic performances, hands-on activities, and opportunities to help others. There's something for the whole family! Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to support a local food bank, women's shelter, or church.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day – Community Bagel Breakfast

We will begin the morning with remarks from our 2023 featured speaker, Tina Campt – noted Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art and Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University – during a community bagel and coffee breakfast.


Martin Luther King Day of Service at Rutgers–Camden

At Rutgers–Camden, We will participate in a community cleanup at the Cramer Hill Community Center.

Events (NY)


The 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration ‘MLK – Blueprint for the Culture’

Apollo Theater
This year, they celebrate young people impacting society through activism, engagement, and a commitment to justice. Following the program, Celebrate MLK’s National Day of Service with an inspiring panel on the Apollo Digital Stage that discusses the pivotal role of young voices affecting change within their communities

Long Island

AdvoKids: Let Freedom Ring with MLK!

Long Island Children’s Museum
Learn about MLK beyond his “I Have a Dream” speech and gain a better understanding of his impact on the civil rights movement. Visitors will also participate in a gallery walk of images from the Civil Rights Movement and then create a bell to “let freedom ring.”


BAM The 37th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us at BAM or via live stream for this beloved Brooklyn tradition, which rings in a new year with music, performances, and an urgent and timely call to action—Defending Democracy—led by keynote speaker Sherrilyn Ifill. The civil rights lawyer and former President and Director-Counsel of LDF (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund) was one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2021.

Organization Spotlight

Black Women's Player Collective

The Black Women's Player Collective is an organization of women in football who have come together to transform the game we see today for generations to come. We understand that when we play the game… the world watches, and by changing the game for black women, we can change the world. Through our collective power, perspectives and platforms we will shift the narrative and demand. We want to take a moment to acknowledge the following Gotham FC members who continue to make positive changes on and off the field. For more information on the work the BWPC is doing, visit their website.

GFC BWPC Board Members: Ifeoma Onumonu, Midge Purce, Lynn Williams, Imani Dorsey

New Jersey MLK Activations

New York MLK Activations