An art exhibition, a play and more events that will help you commemorate the civil rights leader.
‘Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr.’
This newly opened photography exhibition features images of Dr. King’s Gandhi-inspired pilgrimage to India in 1959 and the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in which he was honored for his nonviolent crusade against racism. The exhibition continues through April 6 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Manhattan; nypl.org/locations/schomburg.
‘Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom’
In 1965 Lynda Blackmon Lowery marched as a teenager alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. She was jailed nine times before she turned 15 and was beaten on Bloody Sunday, when civil rights protesters were attacked by police officers and vigilantes. This play, adapted from Ms. Lowery’s memoir, dramatizes her experiences. She’ll be on hand for discussions after both matinee performances. Jan. 19 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Jan. 20 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive; Manhattan; trcnyc.org.
‘Unsung Champions of Civil Rights From MLK to Today’
Jami Floyd and Brian Lehrer of Public Radio’s WNYC host a free program of interviews and panels focusing on the activists who have not yet received the recognition they deserve. The event will also include a photography exhibition and performances by Rutha Harris of the Freedom Singers and members of Urban Word NYC. Chester Higgins Jr., a former New York Times staff photographer, will be among the guests. RSVP in advance. Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Apollo Theater; apollotheater.org/uptownhall.
‘Play Date: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’
The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling hosts a free daylong celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Festivities will begin in the morning with art-making activities focused on the theme of “creating a just world.” In the afternoon, a story hour, more art making and an intergenerational dialogue inspired by Dr. King’s book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” will follow. Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan; 212-335-0004, sugarhillmuseum.org.