What events are happening in your area to commemorate MLK Jr. Day 2019?

updated 01/16/2019 – events added for University of Kansas / Lawrence


Fri., Jan. 18

5th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

7 p.m. – Free

Calvary Baptist Church – 2653 N. Hillside 

Keynote Speaker, Rev. Robert Johnson, pastor at St. Mark United Methodist Church.  Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

Sat., Jan. 19

MLK Breakfast & Parade

Breakfast 7-8:30 a.m.

MLK Parade – Lineup – 9:30 a.m.

MLK Parade – 10 a.m.

Christian Faith Centre, 1130 S. Broadway – Route North on Broadway to Douglas – destination Chester I Lewis Reflection Park

Sat., Jan. 19

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

6 – 8 p.m. – $5.

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church – 1550 N. Chapel Hill

The Kansas African American Museum celebration will include performances local and regional groups and remarks from local leaders, including Governor-elect Laura Kelly. The Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble “LUVE” a nationally recognized HBCU ensemble performing from a wide range of musical styles including choral, jazz, gospel and spirituals. Remarks: BY Gov. Elect of Kansas Laura Kelly. Special Performances: Mr. Roy Moye III, Ms. Sheila Kinnard, Proverbs 21 Dance Ministry

Mon., Jan 21

Heroes & Sheroes Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – $30

St. James Episcopal Church – 3750 E. Douglas

For tickets contact 316 685-0453, 316 681-0544 or scran50452@cox.net.  Sponsored by ARISE Inc.

Mon., Jan. 21

2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Worship Celebration

12 Noon – Free

WSU Metroplex – 5015 East 29th

Greater Wichita Ministerial League presents Special Guest: Bishop Marvin Winans, Senior Pastor, Perfecting Church, Detroit MI and award winning National Gospel artist.

Mon., Jan 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Century II, Bob Brown Expo Hall, 225 W. Douglas Ave.

8 a.m.-noon -Free.

Volunteers 10 and older will frame the walls of two Wichita Habitat for Humanity homes. Pre-register at https://bit.ly/2rvmay. tahabitat.org


Topeka events presented by Living The Dream, Inc.

Sun., Jan. 13

Unity in the Community

4 p.m. – Free

New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church – 2801 SE Indiana

Kick-off musical includes Gospel rapper LeVar “Boy Big” Fletcher.

Mon., Jan 14

Drum Line Showcase

7 p.m. – Cost: $2 or 2 can goods

Highland Park High School Gym – 2424 SE California

Area high school drum lines will be showcasing their performances.

Tue., Jan 15

13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Competition

6:30 p.m. – Free

Antioch Family Life Center – 1921 SE Indiana

Competition for students in grades 5-12.  Reception will follow the program.

Gov.-Elect Kelly and Lt. Gov.-Elect Rogers Announce King Schedule

Thu., Jan 17

Governor’s MLK March &


Kansas State Capitol, Topeka

Noon – Free

Parade: lineup- south steps of Capitol

Program – 1st Floor Capitol rotunda

Premiere viewing of Brown V Board mural. Theme “Intelligence and Character: That is the goal of true education” MLK, Jr.

Day of Service Activities 

Jan 12

Wichita – Kansas Food Bank-Cargill Cares Complex – 1919 E. Douglas

•  Food Drive – Advance Learning Library – 711 W 2nd

Topeka – drop off food donations at 1949 NW Topeka; 2601 SW 6th; 3627 SE 29 and 5350 SW 17th

•  Harvesters Repackaging donated items – 215 SE Quincy

Overland Park – Clothing Drive – Johnson County Democrats – 8971 W 75th

Hutchinson – Community Discussion on Food Insecurities – 12 Noon – 420 N Main

Salina – Day of Service – Ad Astra Book & Coffee House – 141 N Santa Fe

Garden City – benefit coffee in support of 3 organizations – Patrick Dugan’s Coffee Shop – 301 N. Main

Lawrence – supply drive for Willow Domestic Violence Center – Boulevard Grilll @ Doubletree – 200 McDonald

Jan. 13

Leavenworth – Food & Clothing Drive – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Richard Allen Cultural Center – 412 Kiowa

Jan. 12

Wichita – Kansas Food Bank-Cargill Cares Complex – 1919 E. Douglas,10 a.m. – Noon. 

•  Food Drive – Advance Learning Library – 711 W 2nd, 1-3 p.m.  

Topeka – Food drive, thru Jan. 12.  drop off food donations at 1949 NW Topeka; 2601 SW 6th; 3627 SE 29 and 5350 SW 17th.  Collected items will go to Let’s Help and Doorstep.

•  Harvesters Repackaging donated items – 215 SE Quincy, Noon – 1-6p.m.

Overland Park – Clothing Drive – Johnson County Democrats – 8971 W 75th, Noon – 6 p.m.

Hutchinson – Community Discussion on Food Insecurities – 12 Noon – 420 N Main, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Salina – Day of Service – Ad Astra Book & Coffee House – 141 N Santa Fe, 3 p.m.

Garden City – Benefit coffee in support of 3 organizations – Patrick Dugan’s Coffee Shop – 301 N. Main

Lawrence – Supply drive for Willow Domestic Violence Center – Boulevard Grilll @ Doubletree – 200 McDonald Dr., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. 0 Midnight. 

Jan. 13

Leavenworth – Food & Clothing Drive – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Richard Allen Cultural Center – 412 Kiowa

Fri., Jan 18

Community Leadership Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – $25

Ramada Hotel & Convention Center – 420 SE Sixth St.

Luncheon speaker, Michael Toombs, Ex. Dir., The Storytellers, KCMO.  Corporate leaders will be recognized. For tickets email: ltdleadershipluncheon@gmail.com

Sat. Jan 19

Scholarship & Awards Banquet

6 p.m. – $50

Ramada Hotel & Convention Center – 420 SE Sixth St.

Ms. Joanne Bland, the co-founder of The National Voting Rights Museum, Selma, AL is the keynote banquet speaker.  High school senior’s scholarship and community awards recipients will be recognized.

Mon., Jan 21

Dr. MLK Holiday & Day of Community Service

10 a.m. – Free

Brown National Historic Site – 1515 SE Monroe

Student Recognition and awards program. Winners of the MLK ark, essay and poetry competition will be recognized.  Winning artwork will be displayed through Jan. 31. 


Monday, Jan. 21

MLK Panel: Intersectionality and Social Justice

3 p.m. — Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St.

Featured speakers include Charlesia McKinney, KU doctoral student in rhetoric & composition; Joseph Erba, assistant professor of journalism & mass communications, and Randal Jelks, professor of American studies and African & African-American studies.

Sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library and the KU Office of Diversity & Equity


Tuesday, Jan. 22

MLK Day March Across Campus 
with New Orleans-Style Brass Band

Noon — Remarks from Clarence Lang begin outside of Strong Hall’s main entrance; 12:10 p.m. — Musical march along Jayhawk Boulevard with a second line brass band from Strong Hall to Kansas Union. Marchers proceed to the Kansas Union, fourth-floor Traditions Area for refreshments. Closing remarks will be delivered by Carl Lejuez.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Equity


Thursday, Jan. 24

Lawrence Public Schools ONE DREAM Event

6:30 p.m. — doors open at 5:30 p.m., ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Southwest Middle School, 2511 Inverness Drive

Sponsored by USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools


Tuesday, Jan. 29

Spring KU Common Book Discussion

3:30 p.m. — Spencer Museum of Art

“Create Dangerously” by Edwidge Danticat

Sponsored by the KU Office of First-Year Experience


Sun., Jan. 20

Gospel Celebration

2nd Street Missionary Baptist Church – 701 W 10th St

3:30 p.m. – Free

Guest Speaker, Pastor Desmond Lamb and choir, 4th Grove Baptist Church, Kansas City, KS. Praise dancers, One Voice MLK Ensemble

Mon., Jan. 21

MLK Commemoration Service

10 a.m. – Free

C L Hoover Opera House, 135 W 7th

Guest Speaker, Tre Walker, a motivational speaker for youth.  There will also be a 60-voice Children’s Choir.  The is “Rise Up: Legacy” Special recognition will honor the life of Ruby Stevens’ legacy of education, activism and family. Community March to follow immediately afterward


Mon., Jan. 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Reception

4:30 – 5:30 P.M. 

Cosmosphere Lobby

Community reception in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Enjoy performances from local musicians and dancers as well as hear from a special guest speaker. Light refreshments will be served.


Sun., Jan. 20

Olathe 19th Annual MLK Celebration

3-5 p.m. – Free / Reception at 2:30 p.m.

Mid-America Nazarene University’s Bell Cultural Arts Center, 2030 E College Way, Olathe, KS

Join the Olathe Human Relations Commission to celebrate the legacy; speakers Sunayana Dumala (Founder, Forever Welcome Facebook community) and Mark Dupree (WYCO District Attorney), performances by KC Friends of Alvin Ailey, harpist Celia Albon, Olather North High School Choir; featuring visual artwork, essays, along with multimedia awards for local students,, K-10.

Sat., Jan 19

27th Johnson County Martin Luther King, Jr.  Celebration

2 p.m. – Free

Blue Valley West High School – 16200 Antioch Rd, Overland Park

Guest Speaker: Darryl Burton, founder, Miracle of Innocence, In.  Mr. Burton spent 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Sponsored by Johnson County NAACP

Mon., Jan 21

35th MLK, Jr. Holiday

11 a.m. – Can goods/donation

Reardon Center – 520 Minnesota Ave, KCKS

Guest speaker: Robert Smith, Jr. Ph.D. Professor of Preaching, Sanford University.  30 graduating seniors will receive the Rev. C.E. Taylor scholarship.


Unless otherwise noted, all KCMO events are sponsored by the Kansas City Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council

Sat. Jan 12

Gospel Artist Tribute

7 p.m.,

GEM Theater – 1615 E 18th

Cost: $20

Featuring performances by:  Millie Edwards Nottingham, Doriel Demps, Teresa McClendon, Genetter Bradley, Mia Ramsey and Quez.

Sun., Jan 13

Interfaith Service

3:30 p.m. – Free

Community Christian Church – 4601 Main St.

The keynote speaker will be Rev. Teresa Hord Owens. Rev. Owens is the first African-American to be elected as the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada.

Tue., Jan 15

Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson Community Luncheon

12 Noon – $75

Downtown Marriott – 200 W. 12th

The President’s award will be presented to Bishop Mark C. Tolbert. The Community Service award will be awarded to Kansas City Star Breaking News reporter, Glenn Rice. (Online at www.sclckc.org)

Wed., Jan. 16

35th Annual Northland Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

10 a.m.  – Free

Gano Chapel, William Jewell College, 500 College Hill, Liberty.

William Jewell College brings back alumnus Lila Tolson (class 07) aas keynote speaker.  Tolson is ann assistant Attorney General, for the state of New York.   

Thu., Jan 17

Black Achievers Reception and Awards Dinner

6 p.m. – $75

Federal Reserve Bank – 1 Memorial Drive

15 Black Achievers will be inducted into the Black Achievers Society.

Fri., Jan. 18

5th Annual Chancellor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

11 a.m. – $85

Marriott Downtown – 200 W 12th.,

Metropolitan Community College Foundation presents featured speaker Kevin Willmott who co-wrote the movie “BlacKkKlansman.” Wilmott is a professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas. Also in attendance will be  Ron Stallworth, the Black detective who the film is based on

Mon., Jan 21

City-Wide Community Forum & Panel

3:30 p.m. – Free

The Palestine Missionary Baptist Church – 3619 E. 35th

Forum topic is: “Mkaoving from Mass Incarceration to Mass Mobilization: African American Men Rising!’’

Community Mass Celebration

6 p.m. – Free

The Palestine Missionary Baptist Church – 3619 E. 35th

Keynote speaker will be Representative Karen Bass. The Legacy Award will be presented to Ms. Rosemary S. Lowe for her leadership in a life of service to the community.

Mon., Jan. 21

KC Parks 5th Annual MLK Nature Walk

1-4 p.m. – Free – Please RSVP – kcparks.org/event/mlk-jr-day-2019/

BEGIN: Martin Luther King Jr. Square, Swope Parkway & Woodland Ave.

END: Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway

Join the Heartland Conservation Alliance on a restorative walk along the banks of beautiful Brush Creek. Enjoy the company of others and the stillness of nature as we reflect on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tues., Jan. 22 

2019 MLK Freedom Scholarship Dinner at UCM

6:30 p.m. 

$50 – $100, for tickets call 660-543-4156.

University of Central Missouri, Elliott Union Ballroom, Warrensburg, MO.

Robert N. Page, executive director for equity and inclusion at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Kansas City, will be the keynote speaker; proceeds from the dinner will go toward scholarships.

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