Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This January and February, we hope you will join us for special events that pay tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., including poetry readings, dramatic performances, fun learning opportunities for kids, and much more.

We also have suggestions below for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 15 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. You can return library materials 24/7 at more than 40 Queens Library locations and renew them by phone at 718-990-8508 or online.




Special Events

Gates of Equality
The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as told from his speeches and writings.

Wednesday, January 31, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Baisley Park Community Library
117-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica


Urban Stages Presents "The Gates of Equality"
This dramatic presentation tells about the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through his speeches, press conferences, and fictional narrative.

Thursday, February 1, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
South Hollis Community Library
204-01 Hollis Avenue


Quilting: Our History Revealed through Threads with Geraldine Hazel
Quilting is a visual aid to historical events. Come and learn about the African-American experience, from the Underground Railroad to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., as expressed through quilting.

Thursday, February 8, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
South Ozone Park Community Library
128-16 Rockaway Boulevard


Saturday Movie at St. Albans: “Selma”
"Selma" (2014, PG-13) tells the story of the Alabama city that became a battleground in the fight for black suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward in an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Saturday, February 17, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. Albans Community Library
191-05 Linden Boulevard


Open Mic Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We will honor Dr. King at this open mic with the poetry of Charles "Smooth" Williams, Jr., Harriet White, and anyone else who wishes to join them!

Thursday, February 22, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Douglaston/Little Neck Community Library
249-01 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck


Black History Month Performance
Children will dress up as a famous African American to highlight their accomplishments, and also recite sections of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Friday, February 23, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Arverne Community Library
312 Beach 54 Street

Book Picks for Kids

Martin Luther King Jr. by Josh Gregory

My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer and Jamie Smith

Free at Last! by Angela Bull

Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Raúl Colón and Paula Yong Shelton

Martin Luther King Jr. by Josh Gregory

Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Leader by Grace Hansen

Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Lisa M. Herrington

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kitson Jazynka

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore and Amy Wummer

The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Ira Peck

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Brian J. Pinkney and Jean Marzollo

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford and James Ransome


Book Picks for Adults

The Radical King edited by Cornel West

I Have a Dream and Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World (edited by James Melvin Washington)

A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Students (introduction by Walter Dean Myers)

The Radical King (edited by Cornel West)

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King and Barbara Reynolds

The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. by Valerie Bodden

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Encyclopedia by Dr. Clayborne Carson

Waking from the Dream by David L. Chappell

Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior by Ed Clayton and David Hodges

I See the Promised Land by Arthur Flowers and Manu Chitrakar

Martin Luther King Jr. by Lewis Helfand

Kennedy and King by Steven Levingston

March: Book One, Book Two, and Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Chasing King's Killer by James L. Swanson


Movie Picks


Boycott (2001, PG)

Freedom on My Mind (1994)

I Am Not Your Negro (2016, PG-13)

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013, PG-13)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

The March (2013, TV-PG)

Martin's Big Words (Scholastic Video Collection, 2005)

Roads to Memphis (2010, TV-PG)

Selma (2014, PG-13)

Selma, Lord, Selma (1999, PG)


Digital Media

 Martin Luther KingKanopy Playlist: Martin Luther King
You can stream several great documentaries about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement on Kanopy, including the award-winning PBS series Eyes on the Prize; the film The March, which focuses on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; and highlights from Dr. King’s major speeches and conversations. Learn More about Kanopy, the Library's new video streaming service.

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