Martin Luther King Jr. Day events 2018

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivering a speech in New York City in 1962 commemorate the 100th anniversary of the issuance of Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The State Museum has the audio of the speech -- the only known copy -- posted online. / photo: NYS Archives

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there are celebrations and commemorations all around the area this weekend.

Here's a handful of them...

Friday: The Dr. King Challenge
Skidmore College hosts the Dr. King Challenge, an evening of spoken word, music, and performance art examining injustice and creating community. Friday 7 pm

Friday-Monday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CommUnity Celebration in Saratoga
The annual weekend series of events includes performances, discussions, and volunteer projects at sites around Saratoga Springs. various times

Sunday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Schenectady
Sunday: Schenectady County Community College hosts a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring keynote speaker Michael A. Blake, State Assembly member and Democratic National Committee vice chair. Sunday 2:30 pm

Monday: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance at the ESP
The annual King Day ceremony at the ESP Convention Center will include multiple presentations and music. (The event is also webcast.) This year's keynote speaker is gospel singer/pastor/motivational speaker Wintley Phipps. And the featured performer is Grammy- and Tony-winner Jennifer Holliday. Monday 10 am

Monday: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community March
Immediately following the ESP event, the city of Albany's Beloved Community March will start at the Madison Ave entrance to the ESP concourse and head to the King Monument in Lincoln Park for a wreath laying ceremony. Monday 11:45 am (estimated)

Listen to a King speech
You could do this anytime, but Monday's a good time: The the State Museum has posted online audio from a 1962 speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation at an event in NYC. The recording had been lost until it turned up as part of an effort digitize the museum's collections a few year's back.

That link includes a video that shows a marked-up copy of the speech text along with the audio of King speaking in his distinctive cadence.

AOA is a sponsor of events at the ESP.

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