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13 State Landmarks To Be Lit the Evening of Monday, January 16 

Lighting Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life, Legacy, and Impact on Creating a More Just and Equal Society

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

“Amidst the recent rise in bigotry, division, and hate across this country, it is more important than ever that we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings on justice, peace, equality and love,” Governor Hochul said. “Here in New York, we must recommit ourselves to these same principals and work towards a more united New York where all residents can live and thrive in peace.”

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
  • 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
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • 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 presented as a statewide broadcast event, ” New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Paths to Change,” which will be screened on Friday, January 13 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and will be streamed 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.

New York State is also hosting several service-related programs to fulfill Dr. King’s vision of community, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Food Drive, which concludes February 10, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Book Drive, which runs February 20 through April 21. People are also encouraged 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 is available at empirestateplaza.ny.gov/nyking.

Please visit empirestateplaza.ny.gov/nyking, and follow @NYSMLK on Facebook and Twitter for PBS member station program updates and additional information about New York’s celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King.