Governor Hochul announces the broadcast of the Tribute to the Legacy of Dr. New York State’s Martin Luther King Jr. for 2023 on New York PBS Stations (also available via link)

New York State celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Pathways to Change

The New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Paths to Change” is also available via the link

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York State’s annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a national broadcast event titled “New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Paths to Change” will be presented. Airing on PBS stations across New York beginning Sunday, January 15. The state hosted a free screening of the tribute at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Friday, January 13 or the program is available online; Watch the program from Monday 16 January at 10am.

Governor Kathleen Hochul

“Few people have raised the conscience of our nation and the world like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., both by his words and by his deeds,” Governor Hochul said. “This year, New York presents a national broadcast that celebrates the enduring legacy of Dr. King’s vision and promise he instilled in all of us. I invite all New Yorkers to watch this moving tribute to an extraordinary man.”

“DR. Martin Luther King Jr. served as a pillar in our society and his legacy is etched in our nation’s history. His heroic deeds and powerful message have inspired so many and will continue to inspire generations to come,” said the Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado “I am proud to join Governor Hochul in announcing the New York statewide broadcast paying tribute to the monumental man who was Dr. King.”

The homage to Dr. King, coordinated annually by the State Office of General Services and representatives from other New York state agencies, presents people and organizations from across New York state who share the principles of one of America’s greatest leaders in social justice, liberty, and equality. The airtime of the hour-long tribute varies by region; Viewers are encouraged to check their TV schedules or local PBS station for more details.

One of many marches for freedom

Jeanette Moy, Commissioner of the Office of General Services, stated, “As New Yorkers come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., we must all recommit to his vision of a more united society. We must look to his legacy as New York, and this nation continues our quest for equality and justice. I join with Governor Hochul in urging New Yorkers to look at this program and recommit to helping Dr. To keep King’s dream alive.”

According to Robert Altman, CEO of WMHT, “We are honored to once again be joining communities across upstate New York as we honor the dedication of Dr. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. for justice, rights and freedoms for all. These stories and voices show that Dr. King’s vision for America remains critical today, and we’re proud to carry that message on public television.”

Moderated by Rev. Dr. Mashona Walston, a pastor, minister, speaker, veterans advocate and neurotheologist who serves as senior minister at First Church in Albany, this year’s program takes viewers on a virtual tour of New York State.

“March for Jobs”

Through the eyes of New Yorkers from Buffalo to Brooklyn, from Rochester to New Paltz, the program focuses on the life and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with music, art and inspirational stories that reflect pathways for change in New York State. Some of the highlights of the show are:

  • A special message for Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Governor Hochul
  • A feature on the “Path to Peace” that explores spiritual leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Malcolm X and their influence on Dr. King highlights
  • Inspirational performances including an original piece performed by students in the SUNY New Paltz arts program and written by New Paltz graduate Lester Mayers; Songs of the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Ensemble; and a powerful presentation by spoken word artist Alonzo Verbal
  • A profile of the Apollo Theater, also known as the “soul of American culture.”
  • A look at SHRED, a snowboard foundation that promotes the lives of young people in the community both on and off the mountain

dr New York State King Community Initiatives.

In addition to attending or viewing the tribute, New Yorkers are invited to visit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student of New York State, which will be available at empirestateplaza.ny.gov/nyking Wednesday, January 11 through Tuesday, February 28. The exhibition shows contributions by students from kindergarten to 12th grade. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence.

As in previous years, New York State is hosting several service-related programs to train Dr. King’s vision of community, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Food Drive ending Friday February 10th and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Book Drive, which begins Monday, February 20 through Friday, April 21. Please visit empirestateplaza.ny.gov/nyking and follow @NYSMLK on Facebook and Twitter for PBS member station program updates and additional information on the New York celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King.


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