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NYC celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with spirited events

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The enduring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored throughout the city Monday following a weekend of candlelight vigils and marches.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will mark the holiday at a breakfast reception at the Mirabal Sisters Campus in Washington Heights with actress and "The Mountaintop" star Angela Bassett.

Meanwhile, other elected officials will participate in the annual Dr. MLK Anti-Hunger Serve-A-Thon, which includes New Yorkers volunteering at supermarkets, soup kitchens and food pantries.

Other events Monday include:

MUSIC & DANCE

Artists Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.: Symphony Space, 6:30 p.m., FREE. This event, held by the Jewish Community Center, features music and dance performers who promote messages of peace and hope. 2537 Broadway at 95th St. (1, 2, 3 to 96th St.), 212-864-5400

ART

Picture the Dream: BAMcafé, 1 - 6 p.m., FREE. This exhibit showcases collages that echo the message of Martin Luther King, Jr., created by children living in Brooklyn public housing. 30 Lafayette Ave., btwn Ashland Pl. and St. Felix St., Fort Greene (G to Fulton St.; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave.), 718-636-4111

FILM

'Nothing But a Man': Museum of the Moving Image, 3 p.m., FREE with $12 museum admission. In honor of the push for civil rights by Martin Luther King, Jr., this film focuses on a 1960s African American railroad worker and his family's struggle against racism. 36-01 35 Ave., at 37th St., Astoria (M, R to Steinway St.; Q, N to 36th Ave.), 718-777-6888

SPECIAL EVENTS
26th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 10:30 a.m., FREE. This celebration offers a diverse program, from musical performances by artists such as Toshi Reagon to a screening of the film 'The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975' and a speech by New York City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. 30 Lafayette Ave., btwn Ashland Pl. and St. Felix St., Fort Greene (G to Fulton St.; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave.), 718-636-4111

Martin Luther King Day March: Shomburg Center, 10 a.m., FREE. Join Manhattan Country School students in their memorial march for equality, which stops at historic locations in Manhattan. 515 Malcolm X Blvd., btwn 135th and 136th sts. (2, 3 to 135th St.), 212-348-0952

Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour: Harlem Heritage & Cultural Center, 1 p.m., $25. Watch a video presentation of Dr. King and then visit the hub of Manhattan's African American community and explore sights related to Martin Luther King, Jr. and other important civil rights figures. 104 Malcolm X Blvd., btwn 115th and 116th sts. (2, 3 to 116th St.), www.harlemheritage.com

TALKS & READINGS

Yolanda Clarke: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 1:30 p.m., $7.50. This activist speaks about her role in the civil rights movement and about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Followed by a musical tribute to King. 145 Brooklyn Ave., at St. Marks Ave., Crown Heights (2, 3, 4, 5 to Kingston Ave.; A, C to Kingston - Throop Ave.), 718-736-4400

THEATRE

'Zora': New York Historical Society, 11 a.m., FREE with $15 admission. Actors from The American Place Theatre company perform this biographical play about writer Zora Neale Hurston, accompanied by discussion relating to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 170 Central Park West, at 77th St. (1 to 79th St.; B, C to 81st St.), 212-873-3400
VOLUNTEER

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service: Jewish Community Center, 10 a.m., $5. Help spread a message of love and equality in the community by volunteering for projects such as cooking meals, packing meal bags for the homeless and hosting a party for children living in shelters. 334 Amsterdam Ave., btwn W. 75th and W. 76th sts. (1, 2, 3, B, C to 72nd St.), 646-505-5708

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