In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 21) 2019, members of Blackout for Human Rights -- a collective of activists, filmmakers, musicians, religious leaders, activists and concerned citizens who focus their time and energy on confronting human rights violations and injustices black people face in the U.S. -- are coming together for the fourth annual MLK Now festivities. The event will take place at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York. Read more about the day of remembrance and celebration below:
On Monday, January 21st from 2:00 p.m. ET to 6:00 p.m. ET, Blackout for Human Rights will host the fourth annual MLK Now event, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will take place at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem, where Dr. King gave his famous speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," in 1967.
#MLKNow: It's that time of year again! We're thrilled to be hosting our fourth annual MLK Now on MLK Day at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. King: https://t.co/FFTEkgt9at pic.twitter.com/BgYqt9pbFn— Blackout for Human Rights (@UnitedBlackout) January 18, 2019
Leader. Activist. Father. Dr King's legacy continues to inspire and inform our work for Black liberation through racial justice. We're excited to be a part of @UnitedBlackout’s fourth annual #MLKNow honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Head to https://t.co/1Cyh0BOh1p to join us.— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) January 20, 2019
MLK Now 2019 will again take place on MLK Day and feature a special program dedicated to inspiring audiences to take action, celebrating the legacies of past and present visionary voices, and creating an inclusive space for communities to come together. Presenting Sponsors for MLK Now 2019 include Color Of Change and Faith In Action.
MLK Now has featured special guests including J. Cole, Bilal, Harry Belafonte, Black Thought, India Arie, QTip, and many more. Past speeches and literature performed at MLK Now include Dr. King's "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fred Hampton's "Power Anywhere There's People," performed by Michael B. Jordan, Angela Davis' "Freedom Speech," performed by Tessa Thompson, Kathleen Cleaver's "Women, Power, and Revolution," performed by Lupita Nyong'o, James Baldwin's "My Dungeon Shook," performed by Chris Rock, Dr. King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop," performed by Octavia Spencer, and more.
#MLKNow: Join @AOC, Ryan Coogler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jemele Hill, Colman Domingo, myself and many more on MLK Day for MLK Now to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King! https://t.co/FfDlzUxYUH pic.twitter.com/a3Q36ZO2C0— COMMON (@common) January 20, 2019