January 15, 2020, marks the 91st anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. This year's celebration takes place Monday, January 20. Here are six ways Boston is commemorating the civil rights leader and Nobel Prize winner.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast
This year the breakfast commemorates 50 years of celebrating Dr. King. Festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the anniversary reception followed by the MLK Memorial Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The keynote address will be by The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, known for delivering the sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Other participants include Governer Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin Walsh, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Senator Edward Markey who will share their recollections of Dr. King and his work. Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., 617.267.2244
Concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
This free concert, starting at 1 p.m., is presented by the Museum of African American History in collaboration with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marta Zurad. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St., 617.725.0022
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
The ICA offers free admission on MLK Day and presents two new exhibitions: "Tschabalala Self: Out of Body" and "Carolina Caycedo: Cosmotarrayas." This is also a good opportunity to view the exhibition "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art," which closes January 26. ICA, 25 Harbor Drive, 617.478.3100
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Admission to the museum is free on MLK Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special events held throughout the day. Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 464 Huntington Ave., 617.267.9300
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum also offers free admission starting at 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, with timed entry every 30 minutes; the last entry is at 4 p.m. The museum will present performances by artists committed to justice and service including Artist-in-Residence Gcina Mhlophe and Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, 617.566.1401
Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo
The zoos offer free admission on MLK Day and invite visitors to write messages of peace and hope on murals in Stone Zoo's Discovery Center and in Franklin Park Zoo's Tropical Forest Pavilion.
Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham, 617.541.5466
Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 617.541.5466