Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022: Mid-Hudson Valley events and service opportunities

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. outside the Alabama state capitol building on March 25, 1965, in Montgomery.


SUNY New Paltz students, faculty, staff and alumni who would like to honor and celebrate the legacy of the great civil rights leader this weekend may be interested in the following activities scheduled to take place in communities near campus:


UlsterCorps MLK Day Celebration of Service

Jan. 15, 12 – 2 p.m.

Volunteers from ALL Ulster County non-profits are welcome to join UlsterCorps’ outside the Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 NY-32, Rosendale, New York. The drive-thru event honors volunteers from service organizations throughout Ulster County for their hard work and dedication.


MLK Day of Service 2022 (United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region)

Various dates and times

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” Throughout the month of January, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is providing opportunities for individuals to do something for others. Volunteer opportunities are available both virtually and socially distanced on site.


Double Feature at Rosendale Theatre: “Let it Shine” and “John Lewis: Good Trouble”

Jan. 17, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

The Rosendale Theatre Collective presents A Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

“Let it Shine!” is a unique celebration of King’s legacy featuring Oliver King as MLK; interpretive dancers Keely Wright and Energy Dance Company; vocalists Miss Renee Bailey, Rev. Evelyn Clarke, Franklyn Gillis, The Gold Hope Duo featuring Lara Hope, Kortnee McCall; with special guests Rev. Modele Clarke, Bassist Robert Kopec, Rev. Nick (Tecumseh Red Cloud) Miles, Redwing Blackbird Theater, Drummer Josh Towers and more! Radio Kingston’s Jessieca McNabb will narrate, and the community will honor Human Rights and Social Justice Leaders of Ulster County.

The event will conclude with a 4 PM screening of “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy, and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism (Rated PG – 13), followed by a post-film discussion facilitated by New Paltz High School history teacher Albert Cook.


For members of our community who are closer to the New York Metro area during winter break, the New York Times has published a list of 7 Ways to Remember Martin Luther King in New York in 2022.

Are you aware of other regional events honoring Dr. King’s legacy? Please get in touch at and we will be happy to update this post.