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MLK Week Programming Ideas


Movie Screening and Discussion: this would be an ideal e-lounge program. some movie suggestions are strangefruit, there eyes were watching god, the color purple, malcolm x movie, glory, rosa parks movie, and mlk movie. Cost: dvd purchase and food/refreshments. Or you can also check the African Diaspora Film Festival. They are most definitely going to have pertinent film screenings going on that month. Check out their website for updates

Nuyorican Cafe Open Mic Night: I think this would be a good program because slam poetry and story telling in general is relevant to african american history today.  Commuters and Residents can also perform at this event and tell their own personal story. so in other words, its very relevant to black history (as one will hear many african americans slam their poetry each night, but it is also inclusive as well) There is an open mic every wed and friday. The cost is about $7-10 depending on which day you attend. See website for more details.

African Heritage Month at NYU: hosted every year at NYU.  This commitee plans a whole month of events in February. So be on the lookout for their calendar (in the lobby of kimmel or check student activities on 7th floor kimmel). Maybe a CA or RA can tag along on one of their events.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Has tons of events that happen during black history month and would fall into MLK week. Here is a direct link to their calendar. From what I see, all the events seem to range anywhere from free to 10 dollars. Make sure to check the calendar when the time comes.

Studio Museum of Harlem: rich in black history. Its a solid program. All the info you need is here

Museum of African Art: I really couldnt squeeze a lot of info from the website, but definetely have one of the RA's or CA's look into it more when the time comes. Its looks like an awesome place to visit. Here is the website

Louis Armstrong House Museum: another solid program. And it also has a nice element because it pertains to a jazz musician. all the info you need is I think its open every saturday in February, not quite sure though.

Dinner for 8 Strangers/Alliance Building Inter-Group Dialogue: I propose a program that will essentially be dinner for 8 strangers again, but has an alliance building theme to it. So hopefully students of different identites and backgrounds can come together and talk about what it means to build allies and coalitions across difference. Maybe this is something you can co-faciliate if an RA or CA is not well versed in the topic.  Or the program can be modified to another black history month topic. The program can be a catered soul food dinner in house (with a cozy set up in a room in the basement) or at a nice sould food or african cuisine restaurant. Last time we went to MAMA's which is soul food, but you dont have to repeat. : )

Gallatin Black History Month Programming: Is the best. Honestly, through out my years at NYU, they have had the best events.  Please Please check out there BHM event website But check it out so you can get a taste for the type of events they have. Gallatin is does very good about updating the site, so it will be when the time comes around again.  I think a CA or RA should definetely tag along to one of the programs.

The Food Bank of New York is delighted to work with us for our MLK Day of Service. They want to have us serve in their Repack Hunts Point Program (which can have up to 50 students per time slot). The dates and times available to NYU are Monday February 3rd to Friday February 8th at either 9:30am to 12:30pm or 1:00-3:30 pm.

Super Bowl XLVIII is being held in NYC/NJ next weekend and they are looking for up to 15,000 volunteers from January 31st to February 2nd. Here is the link for more information: Please note that the volunteer dates for this project are before our official NYU MLK kick off week.

The Dorot Organization has volunteer opportunities available Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 from 10:00 am – Noon where students would deliver a Winter package and visit with an older person for about an hour.

New Curriculum Lesson: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights: Relevancy for Today. As we celebrate and commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, ADL brings you this special edition of Curriculum Connections for grades 3–12. This edition provides grade-specific lessons, resources and extension activities to provide your students opportunities to examine civil rights in the United States past and present. The 38-page curriculum also provides opportunities for students to examine civil rights in the United States past and present and has suggestions for how students can respond to state voting rights restrictions and the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

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Leadership through Film:  Many CAs, RAs and Peer Educators use movies as part of their programming efforts here at NYU. Below is a short list of suggested films to screen during MLK Week. 

  • Aladin
  • Blood Diamond
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Crash
  • The Help
  • Higher Learning (2)
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • The Laramie Project
  • Moozlum
  • Philadelphia
  • Transamerica
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien

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