New York Landmarks Illuminate On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Governor Hochul Illuminates New York Landmarks to Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

New York (STL.News) Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York State landmarks will be lit red, green and black tonight, January 17, 2022, to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Today we pause to reflect and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings on justice, peace, equality, love – and his deep, abiding faith in people given a lifetime confronted by injustice,”  Governor Hochul said.  “As we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, it’s up to each of us to reward that faith and do everything in our power to build a better, more just society. Divided, we falter alone – but united, we rise together.”

The landmarks to be lit in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Include:

  • One World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Expo Center
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • Albany International Airport Gateway

Governor Hochul announced in December that New York State’s annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be presented as a statewide broadcast event,  “New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:  Opportunity and Promise,”  airing on PBS stations throughout New York beginning MLK weekend and streaming at empirestateplaza.ny.gov/nyking.  The one-hour tribute to Dr. King showcases people and organizations from across New York State that embody the principles of one of America’s most significant leaders for social justice, freedom, and equality.  Program times will vary by region, and viewers are encouraged to check their local TV listings.

In addition to the performances, people are invited to view the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Art and Essay Exhibition, which features submissions from K-12 students throughout the state that are inspired by Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence.  The virtual gallery will be available for viewing at empirestateplaza.ny.gov/nyking from January 17 to February 28.

Acting NYS Division of Human Rights Commissioner Maria Imperial said,  “Today, we honor Dr. King and affirm his role in shaping our world and defining where we want to be as a people.  His words and actions are of immense value to the work we do at the Division of Human Rights as we engage the community and enforce the Human Rights Law across the great State of New York.”