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New York City Procession and Vigil in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By January 15, 2012

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Riverside ChurchTonight, artists, religious leaders, and Occupy Wall Street activists will gather in New York City for a procession and candlelight vigil in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his message of  peace, justice, and equality for all, regardless of race or economic class.

The New York City vigil will feature performances and remarks by high-profile activists including Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, and Russell Simmons. Supporters in 45 other cities around the world will also gather for vigils.

The New York City event will begin at 7:00 p.m., when hundreds will gather outside of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and process to Riverside Church, the location of Dr. King's historic 1967 "Beyond Vietnam" speech.

At Riverside Church, a global candlelight vigil will begin at 8:00 p.m. and include musical performances by Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Stephan Said, and Kozza Olantunji Babumba. Speakers will include Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Yoko Ono, Russell Simmons, Reverend Stephen H. Phelps, Daisy Kahn, Norman Siegel, Sumumba Sobukwe, Malik Rhasaan, and other religious leaders and activists.

New York City Procession and Vigil in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • When: Sunday, January 15, 2012. Marchers assemble at Cathedral of St. John the Divine at 7PM, program at Riverside Church begins at 8PM.
  • Where: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street) and The Riverside Church (91 Claremont Avenue between 120th and 122nd Streets)

See our full guide to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events in New York City.

Learn more about Dr. King and his legacy.

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