Here’s a list of planned MLK events we’ve compiled to this point.  If we don’t see your event listed, make sure to submit it to us by the end of business on Fri., Jan. 3. E-mail us your event details to 


Fri., Jan. 17

7 p.m., Free

Calvary Baptist Church – 2653 N Hillside

6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Featured keynote speaker is Councilman Brandon Johnson, District I for the City of Wichita. Brandon Johnson has been a council member since 2017. Johnson demonstrates his love for Wichita through progressive programming, investments and initiatives to create a better city.

Sat., Jan. 18

6 – 8 p.m., Purchase button $5

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church – 1550 N Chapel Hill

TKAAM 2020 MLK Celebration – Our Heritage Our Hope

The keynote speaker will be General Secretary Junius B. Dotson, and featuring musical guest The Collective Christian Music Ministry; remarks by Mayor Brandon Whipple.

Mon., Jan. 20

12 Noon, Free

WSU Metroplex – 5015 East 29th

Dr. Martin Luther King Day – Building Bridges

The guest speaker will be Dr. Cynthia Hale, who presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Hollins University. She is the chairperson of the Board of Directors at Beulah Heights University and the Vice President for the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference.


Sat., Jan. 11

5– 9 p.m., $40

Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza, Ballrooms A & B – 1 E 45th St

27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational and Scholarship Event

Special recognition awards will be given to outstanding individuals in various selected categories such as: community service, humanitarian, education, religion, music and entrepreneurship. There will be guest speakers and live entertainment as the youth is showcased. A delicious dinner buffet, silent auction, and door prizes will be available.

Sun., Jan. 12

3:30 p.m., Free

Community Christian Church – 4601 Main St.

Interfaith Service

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Angela Sims. Dr. Sims is the first female President of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School at its’ new location in Rochester, NY.

Fri., Jan. 12

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,

2020 Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

KC Downtown Marriott – 200 W 12th

Keynote speaker will be Ed Gordon. Gordon is a veteran radio and television personality. He is known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports; he is the author of the new book “Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership.”

Tues., Jan. 14

12 Noon,

Westin Crown Center – 1 E Pershing

2020 Community Luncheon

Mayor Quenton Lucas will present as the speaker of the day, in this celebration to honor the late Rev. Dr. Nelson L. “Fuzzy” Thompson. He served the community for many years as President/CEO of the KC Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1984 until his home going in January 2015.

Mon., Jan. 20

3– 6 p.m., $25

GEM Theater – 1615 E 18th

“It Is Well” – Film Festival Tour

The film is a snapshot of Rev. Bennie Mitchell’s life, achievements, and his legacy as a teacher, preacher, and activist in the state of Georgia. It follow s his pursuit to unite a community in Savannah, GA.

Thur., Jan. 23

6 p.m., Reserve $75 individual or $750

Federal Reserve Bank – 1 Memorial Dr

2020 Black Achievers Award Dinner

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

Overland Park

Mon., Jan. 20

5:30 p.m., $75.00

The Sheraton Overland Park – 6100 College Blvd

16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner

This year’s Legacy Award recipient is Garmin. For decades, Garmin has pioneered the integration of GPS technology into wireless navigation devices and consumer wearables for people who live an active lifestyle.

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