Here’s a calendar of 2020 #MLK events that will be happening in Wichita, Kansas City, Topeka, Manhattan, Johnson County, Overland Park, Junction City and Olathe. / updated Jan. 9 – send your updates to


Wed., Jan. 15

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

$4/ person

TKAAM, 601 N Water

Guest speaker, Dr. Dawn Pleas, VP, Southwestern College, Winfield.

Fri., Jan. 17

6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

7 p.m. , Free

Calvary Baptist Church – 2653 N Hillside

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.

2020 King Heroes: These Local Heroes Helped Make a Way for Others –

Sat., Jan. 18

City Wide Breakfast

7 a.m., Free

Christian Faith Center — 1130 S. Broadway

Free breakfast, while supply last and classes.

City Wide MLK Parade

10 a.m., Free

Starts at 1130 S. Broadway and goes north to Douglas, west to Chester Lewis Reflection Park

TKAAM 2020 MLK Celebration – Our Heritage Our Hope

6 – 8 p.m., Button $5

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church – 1550 N Chapel Hill

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

(Buttons sold at QT locations: Hillside & Kellogg, Broadway & Murdock, Broadway & Kellogg, P&P Seed & Bait Co, 1901 E. 21st.

Mon., Jan. 20

A.R.I.S.E. Heroes & Sheroes Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Tickets $30

WSU – Rhatigan Center – Beggs Ballroom

Angela Smith, emcee. Honoring: Doug Nolte, Rev. Wade Moore, Wichita Links, Mary Beth Jarvis & Vernell Jackson

Dr. Martin Luther King Day – Building Bridges

12 Noon, Free

WSU Metroplex – 5015 East 29th

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.

Fri., Feb. 7 and Sat., Feb 8

9th Annual Art That Touches Your Heart – Celebrate Black Art

Wichita State University – Rhatigan Student Center – 1st Floor

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri., Feb 7 / noon – 6:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 8

Black Educators Hall of Fame will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7, with doors open at 6 p.m. / Griots will present at 3 p.m. Sat., Feb. 8. / Black Art Gallery will feature Buchi Upjohn, Atlanta + Robert Reid, Trinidad + Francks Deceus, Haiti + Anton Pollard, NY + Jamaal Stafford, Dallas.


Thurs., Jan. 16

Governor’s Annual March and Celebration Program

11:45 a.m., Free

South side steps of State Capitol Building

Ceremonial march at 12 noon.. Celebratory program in 1st floor Rotunda with keynote speaker Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Education Secretary, Kansas Department of Administration will address theme “Strengthen Our Democracy.”

Fri., Jan 17

Community Leadership & Recognition Luncheon

11:30 a.m., Cost $25

Ramada Hotel & Convention Center, 420 SE 6th.

Speaker, Carla Pratt, Dean, Washburn University School. QuestionsL

Sat., Jan 18

Dr. MLK Jr., Scholarship & Awards Banquet

5:30 p.m., Cost: $30

Call 785-861-7750.

Ramada Hotel & Convention Center, 420 SE 6th.

Billie Jean Young is the keynote speaker.

Mon., Jan. 20

Student Recognition & Awards Program

10 a.m.

Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 SE Lime.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winner will be recognized.

Mon., Jan. 20

27th Annual Community Celebration & Soup Supper

6:30 p.m., Free

El Shaddai Ministries Church, 920 SE Sherman

Guest speaker is Ms. Shanae Holman, Lead Organizer of Topeka JUMP.


Mon., Jan 20

37th Annual MLK Celebration

11 a.m.

Jack Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota

No further details


Sat., Jan 18

MLK Celebration

1 p.m., Free

Blue Valley Hills School, 6001 W. 159th, Overland Park

Guest Speaker, Frank Clay

Tues. Jan 21

MLK Celebration

9:30 a.m., Free

Shawnee Church of the Nazerene, 5539 Quivira, Shawnee

Guest Speaker, Bobby Love


Sat., Jan. 18

MLK Citywide Celebration

2 – 4 p.m, Free

Peace Memorial Auditorium, 1101 Poyntz

No more information.

Mon., Jan. 20

MLK Prayer Breakfast

8 a.m.

Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards

Cost: Meal tickets available at the door.


Sat., Jan. 11

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

5– 9 p.m., Cost: $40

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

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 are showcased. A delicious dinner buffet, silent auction, and door prizes will be available.

Sun., Jan. 12

Interfaith Service

3:30 p.m.


Community Christian Church – 4601 Main St.

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.

Tues., Jan. 14

2020 Fuzzy Thompson Community Luncheon

12 Noon, Cost: $60 (online at

Westin Crown Center – 1 E Pershing

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.

Fri., Jan. 17

Metropolitan Community College 2020 Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost $125

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.”

Mon., Jan 20

“A Celebration of Black Boys: Comforting Systems of Oppression & Lifting Voice of Triumph.”

3:30 p..m., Free

Palestine Missionary Baptist Church, 3619 E. 35th

Community panel discussion

“It Is Well” – Film Festival Tour

3– 6 p.m., Cost: $25

GEM Theater – 1615 E 18th

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 follows his pursuit to unite a community in Savannah, GA.

MLK 2020 Mass Celebration 

6 p.m.

Palestine Missionary Baptist Church, 3619 E. 35th

Keynote speaker, U S Congressman, Al Green, 9th District-Texas.

Tue., Jan. 21

MLK Jr. Lecture Series

6 p.m.

Pierson Auditorium (inside Atterbury Student Success Center, UMKC, 5000 Holmes.

Cost: Register on-line at Bring confirmation receipt for admittance.

Guest lecturer, Dr. Harry Edwards, Professor Emeritus, California at Berkley.

Thur., Jan. 23

2020 Black Achievers Award Dinner

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

Federal Reserve Bank – 1 Memorial Dr

13 Black Achievers will be inducted into the Black Achievers Society


Sun., Jan. 19

20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

3- 5 p.m., Free

Mid-America Nazarene University Bell Cultural Arts Center, 2030 E. College Way.

The keynote spesker is Bryan Busby KMBC 9 TV with musical performances by Olathe students.

Presented by the Olathe Human Relations Commission in partnership with Olathe Public Schools, MidAmerica Nazarene University and Olathe Public Library.

Mon. Jan. 20

Olathe Public Library Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Free

Indian Creek Library

Activities will include programming for all ages, crafts and documentary screenings.


Mon., Jan. 20

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

5:30 p.m, Cost: $75

The Sheraton Overland Park – 6100 College Blvd

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.


Thur., Jan. 16

Memories at the Museum

6:30 – 8 p.m., Free

Geary County Historical Museum, 530 N Adams

Courageous Conversation with Coretta Scott King Courage Award recipients.

Sun., Jan. 19

Gospel Tribute Musical

3:30 p.m., Free

Second Missionary Baptist Church, 701 W 10th

Featured Guest Roy Moye III, Gospel Artist, 9th Season “Sunday’s Best.

Mon. Jan 20

MLK Celebration, Ceremonial March & Walking History

10 a.m.


Hoover Opera House, 135 W. 7th

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Reginald Eggleston, Superintendent, USD 475.

Thur., Jan. 23

Brotherhood in Action Day

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Dorothy Bramlage Public Library, 230 W. 7th

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