Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most remarkable civil rights leaders in history. MLK Saratoga, a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to antiracism and honoring Dr. King’s vision of peace and justice for all, produces a four-day Dr. King Celebration Weekend (DKCW) every year around the national holiday observing Dr. King’s birthday. 

This year marks the 9th Annual Dr. King Celebration Weekend. Multiple events will take place throughout the weekend, honoring and celebrating Dr. King. 

The annual celebration includes interactive performances, presentations, and panel discussions, as well as kids' events, and volunteer opportunities. The weekend kicks off on Friday, January 12th with Dj Hollyw8d’s energetic show of regional performers.
 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12

9TH ANNUAL DR. KING CHALLENGE
5:30-9:30 pm

Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

More Music, More Beloved Community! Hosted by MLK Saratoga and curated by the Capital Region’s DJ Hollyw8d, featuring several performing artists. Reception, food, cash bar, fun art projects for kids, face painting, photo booth, dancing, and more! Family friendly.
 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13

SING A SONG OF GLADNESS
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs
624 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Join folksinger Dan Berggren, the Division Street School Song Writers Club, and Rev. Joe Cleveland for a sing-along of songs about love, peace, justice and community!  All ages welcome.

YADDO PRESENTS: VISION PORTRAITS, WITH FILMMAKER RODNEY EVANS
5-7:30 p.m.
Nancy DiCresce Room, The Pines, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
                                           
Reservations Required

Vision Portraits is a feature-length documentary by award-winning filmmaker Rodney Evans that chronicles the creative paths of blind and low vision artists, including a photographer (John Dugdale), dancer (Kayla Hamilton), writer (Ryan Knighton) and the filmmaker himself. A tantalizing meditation on blindness and creativity opening minds to new possibilities for facing vision loss.

This event offers audience members an opportunity to shift their perspective by participating in a film experience with augmented glasses and open-audio description. Arrive promptly at 5 P.M. for the film screening. Q&A discussion with the filmmaker will follow as well as a wine tasting by Kindred wine bar.

Please allow ample time to park and walk to The Pines.
Reserve tickets here
https://bit.ly/3HpYMtf
Presented by Yaddo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and MLK Saratoga

BELOVED COMMUNITY PARTY
7-11 p.m.
Frederick Allen Lodge
69 Beekman St, Saratoga Springs

Come join friends and neighbors at a rocking and joyful night of community and dancing at the Frederick Allen Lodge, Saratoga Springs’ “Heart of Soul.”  Food, cash bar, and live music from Out of the Box.

Sponsored by Presbyterian United Church of Christ.
 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2024

COMMUNITY FORUM: INTRODUCTION TO RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
1-3:30 p.m.
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Dutcher Community Room
49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs

An interactive program to learn about and experience restorative practices – what they are, how they are used, and local efforts to integrate restorative values and practices in our community.

Panel discussion, interactive exhibits with adults and youth who use restorative practices in various settings, community building games, talking circles and snacks. Youth and adults are encouraged to attend and participate.

Hosted by Camp Stomping Ground, Saratoga Educational Equity Network and MLK Saratoga.
 

MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2024

MLK DAY OF SERVICE
9:30-12 pm
Community Volunteer Projects for all ages at the Saratoga Springs Library and other locations in community
. Details https://www.mlksaratoga.org/2024-dr-king-celebration-weekend

SONGS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
12-1 p.m.

Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs

Featuring professional musicians Annie and Jonny Rosen, and Peter Davis from the band “Annie and the Hedonists” to perform songs of the civil rights and labor movements that document injustice, exploitation and inequality in the history of the United States. Come join us and sing along! We sing them to remember and engender hope for the future.

Presented by Youth Squared: Youth Helping Youth, Camp Stomping Ground and Saratoga Youth Safe Space.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
2-4 p.m.
Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church
175 5th Ave, Saratoga Springs

Our Dr. King Celebration Weekend will close with an inspiring and energizing keynote performance by Hettie Barnhill, filmmaker, artist, activist, dancer and educator, who will respond to The Beloved Community Begins with Us. Garland Nelson will host. We will hear from other members of our community and end with fellowship and refreshments.

Hettie Barnhill is a Broadway actress, a director, a choreographer, and the founder of ‘Create A Space NOW’ an interactive social justice platform that uses performing arts and multimedia to further discussion around #blacklivesmatter and the recent events and race relations in America. Her film, A Love Letter to Brian, Lesley, and Michelle, has been selected and awarded in festivals currently showing nationally and internationally and honored by the California Senate with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, "Using Film as a Vehicle For Community Engagement and Education" by Congressman Ro Khanna and California Senator Bob Wieckowski. 

Using art as therapy, Hettie has received awards for her outreach and service in communities, including The NAACP's "Top 21 Leaders 40 & Under Award" In the fields of arts and culture, twice honored as a "rising star" by the Young & Powerful for Obama Group, The Shirley Chisholm "Women of Excellence." Since 2006, Hettie has worked with A Long Walk Home, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to document, educate and bring about social change for survivors of rape and violence. 

The Dr. King Celebration weekend is a historical tribute to MLK that can’t be missed. Register for events online before spots are gone! For more information, visit www.mlksaratoga.org.

 

~"Songs are the soul of a movement” - Martin Luther King Jr.~