Gov. Hochul announces that state landmarks will be illuminated in red, green and black in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that New York State landmarks will be illuminated in red, green and black tonight, January 16, 2023, to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Governor Hochul proclaimed January 16, 2023 as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to commemorate the 94th birthday of one of our country’s most influential leaders.

“In the midst of the recent increase in bigotry, division and hatred in this country, it is more important than ever that we heed the teachings of Dr. Remember Martin Luther King Jr. on justice, peace, equality and love.” said Governor Hochul. “Here in New York, we must recommit to the same principles and work toward a more united New York, where all residents can live and prosper in peace.”

Landmarks illuminated to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day include:

  • A World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State educational building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Expo Center
  • niagara falls
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • Gateway to Albany International Airport
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station

New York State’s annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be broadcast as a national broadcast entitled New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Paths to Change” presented Friday, January 13 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and streamed at The hour-long tribute to Dr. King profiles people and organizations from across New York State who embody the principles of one of America’s greatest leaders for social justice, liberty and equality. Program times vary by region and viewers are encouraged to check their local TV listings.

New York State also hosts several service-related programs to train Dr. King’s vision of community, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Food Drive, which ends February 10, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Book Drive, which runs February 20 through April 21. People are also encouraged to check out the art and essay exhibition by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. New York State student, which features contributions from K-12 students from across the state led by Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence. The virtual gallery is available at

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