On January 18, Playbill provides access to a live streamed performance of “MLK Now,” a special MLK Day event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,, presented today at the Riverside Church in Harlem. This special event features historic speeches performed by the following: Harry Belafonte, Chris Rock, Octavia Spencer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Anika Noni Rose, Andre Holland, Condola Rashad and Adepero Oduye. Musical performances will be presented by Rose, Bilal, Saul Williams and India Arie. Musical performances will be offered by Rose, Bilal, Saul Williams and India Arie. “MLK Now” will conclude with an interactive panel discussion “addressing the most pressing human rights issues of today.”
On January 18, The Kennedy Center presents from its Millennium Stage a live, free, streamed performance of “Let Freedom Ring! a Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.” This performance is also due for filming and archiving for the Kennedy Center Web site. The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University provide this musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy that will feature special performances with Yolanda Adams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir.
The Decider on January 18 recommends streaming the movie “Selma” and provides access to Hulu and Prime Video streaming, “Selma” with David Oyelowo as MLK was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Oscars and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The movie follows the harrowing events surrounding the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights. The International Business Times also recommends movies to watch on MLK Day and provides trailers to them.
Your Classical Today provides free, curated streaming of “Music in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ” When Martin Luther King, Jr. and Duke Ellington met in 1963, they discussed American music and life. Duke Ellington wrote a composition, “Three Black Kings,” in honor of Dr. King. Today Your Classical Today presents this work from a concert in Buffalo, New York, as part of their celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Across the country there are free, live, and streamed celebrations of the remarkable life and influence of the Dr. Martin Luther King, who led and role modeled the power of non-violent protest, much as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela did in India and South Africa. Their legacies remain profoundly relevant, especially for the times in which we live today.