Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marking the birthday of the late civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.
In New York, it is a federal and state holiday. The Nyack Library will be closed and government and state offices, the stock and bond markets, banks, post offices, and public schools will also be closed. TappanZee Express and Transport of Rockland (TOR) buses will run on a regular weekday schedule. MetroNorth trains will run on a Saturday schedule with additional AM and PM trains.
Here are a few lesser know facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.:
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s given name at birth was Michael King, Jr. His father, Martin Luther King, Sr., changed his name in the early 1930s after a trip to Germany to honor the theologian, Martin Luther, who started the Protestant Reformation. He thus became Martin Luther King, Jr., but family members continued to call him Mike or M.L.
- King skipped his freshman and senior year of high school and was enrolled at Morehouse College at age 15. Because of World War II, many students left their studies and schools wanted to fill their classrooms. Morehouse College announced it would accept any high school juniors who could pass its entrance exam. After passing the exam, he enrolled at Morehouse.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Grammy award winner for Best Spoken Word Album for his April 30, 1967 speech “Why I Oppose the War In Vietnam” given at Riverside Church in New York City.
- King’s mother was murdered on June 30, 1974 while playing the organ inside Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first African-American to be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and he is the only non-president to have a memorial installed on the National Mall in Washington DC.
Arm Chair Walking Tour: The Erie Railroad: The Story of America’s First Great Railroad, Wed at 7p
It ran from the Hudson River to Lake Erie. It was the world’s first great railroad, over 450 miles across the southern tier of New York State from Piermont on the Hudson to Dunkirk on Lake Erie. It was the engineering marvel of its time. Registration is required.
Get Going In a Second Career or Retirement, Thur at 7p
Thinking about making a change? After a 22 year career as a top administrator at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Joe Marraccino, father of four, decided to get going in a new career. In this motivating and lively discussion, find out about Joe’s decision, how he left his long time firm with respect, and his approach to find himself and new life and work. Come and get inspired to make your own change now! Registration is required.
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