Kansas City, KS
Mon,, Jan. 17 – 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.: The Beta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc presents, “A Community Discussion on Health Equity, Economic Development and Education,” Swope Health, 3801 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd The annual MLK breakfast will feature speakers Tyjaun Lee, president of Penn Valley Community College, Jeron Ravin, CEO of Swope Health Services and Triveece Penelton, city planner and public involvement innovator.
Mon., Jan. 17: KCK 38th Annual MLK Day Holiday Celebration at 11 a.m. Virtual on Facebook Live: This year’s theme is “Decaying Democracy, Vaporous Voting Rights, Rising Pandemic… Still Dreaming.” This year’s scholarship recipients will also be announced.
All events will be held at: Danny & Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center – 2108 Horton St.
Thur., Jan. 13: Tribute to Martin 7 p.m. – Alvin Ailey’s Kansas City Dance Group Ballet Performance Gordon Parks: Tribute to Martin Luther King (FREE Event) – Doors open at 6 p.m. • Reception to follow.
Fri., Jan. 14: 9 a.m. – Film Showing: “Eyes on the Prize: American Civil Rights – “Awakenings (1954-1956) Murder of Emmett Till & Montgomery Bus Boycott
1:30 p.m. – Film Showing: Eyes on the Prize: American Civil Rights – “Fighting Back (1957-1962)” and more
3:30 p.m. – Film Showing: Eyes on the Prize: American Civil Rights and more
Mon., Jan. 17: MLK. Holiday Celebration Event
9 a.m. – Film Showing: Eyes on the Prize: American Civil Rights – “No Easy Walk (1961-1963)” • Albany, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama & The March on Washington
10:30 a.m. – Film Showing: Eyes on the Prize: American Civil Rights – “Mississippi: Is this America? (1962- 1964)” • Medgar Evers & ‘Mississippi Burning’ Murders
12 p.m. – Lunch & Learn – “The Dockum Drugstore Sit-In,” presentation by Prisca Barnes
1:30 p.m. – Film Showing: “Martin,”
Thur., Jan. 13 – 11:45 a.m. Governor’s Annual MLK March and Proclamation Signing Kansas Statehouse – SW 8th & SW Van Buren The traditional march around the Kansas Statehouse starts from the south doors of the Kansas Capitol. The march will be led by Gov. Laura Kelly, members of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, an assembly of legislators, and members of the Washburn Rural High School drumline. The march will culminate with Gov. Kelly signing the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclamation in the firstfloor rotunda at noon.
Mon., Jan. 17 – Noon: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and Day of Community Service The event will be streamed on the Kansas African American Affairs Commission’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KAAAC The Governor’s Annual MLK Celebration Program will feature a virtual presentation, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Anthony Lewis, superintendent of the Lawrence School District and member of both the Kansas African American Affairs Commission and the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice.
Mon. Jan. 17 – 7 p.m.: 29th Annual MLK Communitywide Birthday Celebration Click Here to watch the celebration. The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice – in partnership with Living the Dream, Inc., The Martin Luther King Jr. National Park Service in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site – is sponsoring a virtual program. Several local and Atlanta speakers and soloists will make presentations. Mr. Alvin Brooks, a civil rights and political activist from Kansas City, Mo., is the special guest speaker.
Thur., Jan 13 – Noon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.- A Portrait of A Man Special guest David Williams, community advocate, motivational speaker, artist, storyteller and theatrical performer on his experience of portraying Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the theatrical performance “The MountainTop.” Williams will share fresh perspectives of the civil rights leader as he interpreted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the play!
Sun., Jan. 16 – 3 p.m.: Legacy: The Glory and Grief of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Aftermath. St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 1350 N. Ash. Mon., Jan. 17 – 8 a. m.: Wichita Habitat’s MLK Day of Service Expo Hall of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas Ave. Join the Wichita Habitat for Humanity and participate in Dr. King’s enduring legacy of social justice and learn about the need for safe, affordable housing in the Wichita community. Participants interested in the Day of Service must register on the Volunteer Kansas website: www.volunteerkansas.org.
Mon., Jan. 17 – 7:30 a.m.: A.R.I.S.E. MLK Heroes & Sheroes Breakfast WSU Rhatigan Student Center – Beggs Ballroom. Honorees are: Larry Burks, Eugene Anderson, Josiah Garth, Aron Randle, Alexandra Broadon and the late state Sen. UL “Rip” Gooch, posthumously.
Mon., Jan. 17 – Noon: Out of the Mountains of Despair, A Stone of Hope Virtual Worship Celebration The Greater Wichita Ministerial League will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Worship Celebration on Facebook. Join in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. virtually with guest speaker Dr. Leroy E. Adams of San Francisco. Tues., Jan. 25 – 6:30 p.m.: 14th Annual WSU MLK Commemoration WSU Rhatigan Student Center, Rm 233 The WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration highlighting the work, accomplishments, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.