MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

LOCAL AND REGIONAL EVENTS

WICHITA

Fri., Jan 13, 7:06 pm, Alpha Phi Alpha Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Calvary Baptist Church, 2653 N Hillside. Guest speaker, Dr. Kevin Harrison, WSU Assistant Professor – Director Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. FREE

Mon., Jan 16, 7:30 am. ARISE Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Heroes & Sheroes Breakfast.  WSU-Rhatigan Student Center, Beggs Ballroom. 

Mon., Jan 16, 12 pm. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.  Daring to Dream: The Radical Imagination of a New Generation.  WSU Metroplex, 5025 E 29th. Keynote speaker, Roland S. Martin, journalist, commentator, author.  FREE

OVERLAND PARK

Mon., Jan. 16, 5:30 pm, The 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner. The Sheraton Overland Park, 6100 College Blvd. Honoring Carlos Gomez, President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and Our Student Scholarship Award Winners. Cost $80

SALINA

Sun. Jan 15, 3:30 pm. MLK Citywide Celebration, St John’s Lutheran Church, 302 S 8th.  Keynote speaker, Rev. Carl Frazier, pastor, New Hope & Love Church, Topeka.  FREE

Mon. Jan. 16, Noon, MLK Youth Celebration.  St John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 215 S Chicago.  Among the youth speakers will be Dr. Trent Davis, Jr.  FREE

Mon. Jan. 16, 7 pm.  Kansas Wesleyan MLK Celebration.  Kansas Wesleyan, 100 E Claflin. Keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Gordon, Topeka.  FREE

JUNCTION CITY

Mon. Jan. 16, 10 am. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Good Trouble; Why We Can’t Wait!”, C L Hoover Opera House, 135 W 7th. FREE

LAWRENCE

Thu., Jan 19., 6:30 pm.  One Dream MLK Celebration – Love Illuminates Life, Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Ave. Examine how Dr. King chose to love rather than hate. FREE

MANHATTAN

Mon. Jan. 16, 9 am. MLK Community Prayer Breakfast, Douglass Center, 900 Yuma St.  Speaker, Dr. Rana Johnson; K-State Inaugural VP for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.  Prayer will be led by Rev. E Fletcher, Bethel AME Church.  MLK Art & Writing contest winners will be announced. FREE

Fri., Jan 27, 1:30 pm. Laying of the Wreath. Union Courtyard & MLK Bust. Wreaths will be laid in front of the bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at the Ahearn Fieldhouse, Kansas State University. FREE

TOPEKA

Now– Tuesday, Jan. 31, Annual MLK Food Drive, Topeka Public Schools-USD #501 in partnership with Living the Dream, Inc. will be collecting non-breakable and non-perishable food items. Donation bins will be placed in all Topeka Public Schools’ buildings. FREE

Mon., Jan. 9  – Fri., Jan.13, Respect for Elders and Preschoolers Week.  Members of Living the Dream, Inc. and community volunteers will be storytelling throughout the week to various Topeka area preschool students. Throughout this week, students from Topeka High School’s Job’s for America’s Graduates (JAG) will be delivering personal care baskets to select Topeka area senior centers. FREE

Tue., Jan. 10, 6 pm. Education Outreach Day. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium,1515 SW 10th. The 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Competition for students in grades 5th through 12th. A reception will follow the program. FREE

Thur., Jan. 12, 11:30 am: Governor’s Annual MLK March and Proclamation Signing. The march starts from the south doors of the Capitol. The march led by Governor Laura Kelly, legislators, and members of the KAAAC. Signing of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclamation in the first-floor rotunda at 12:00 noon.  The keynote speaker is Angela Bates, Director of the Nicodemus Historical Society.     FREE

Sat., Jan. 14, 6:30 pm.  Scholarship and Community Awards Banquet. Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, Regency Ballroom, 420 SE 6th. Rev. Markel Hutchins, Chairman and CEO of MovementForward, Inc.   is the banquet speaker. Graduating high school seniors and scholarship and community awards recipients will be recognized.

Sun., Jan. 15, 7 pm, MLK Community Wide Worship Service, New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 SW Indiana. Speakers; Rev. Delmar White, Pastor. Rev. T.D. Hicks. Pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is the keynote speaker. FREE

Mon., Jan. 16, 10 am: Dr. King National Holiday and Day of Community Service, New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 SW Indiana Avenue, Rev. Delmar White, Pastor is hosting the Student Recognition Awards program at their Fellowship Hall. The 1st , 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 2023 MLK Art, Essay, and Poetry Competitions will be recognized. The winning artwork will be on display. FREE

Mon., Jan. 16, 7 pm: “Whose Dream Is It?” New Life Baptist Church, 3601 SW 10th, The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice in partnership with Living the Dream, Inc., is sponsoring its 29th Annual Community Celebration and Chili and Soup Dinner.  The free Chili and Soup Dinner starts at 6:00 pm. Dr. Beryl New, Director of Certified Personnel and Equity Council, Topeka Public Schools is the keynote speaker. Ms. LaQuanda Jacobs of the Innocence Project will also be sharing her experience about her false imprisonment. Mr. Ronnie Cushinberry and a Community Choir will be providing musical selections. FREE

KCMO

Sun. Jan. 8, 3:30 –  MLK Interface Service of Celebration, The Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St.  The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City (SCLC-GKC) will present the SCLC-GKC Annual 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

Fri., Jan 13, 11:30 am, Chancellor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon. Lowes Kansas City Hotel 1515 Wyandotte St.  A conversation on Social Justice for all.   Donna Brazile, Keynote Speaker, formerly a contributor to ABC News, CNN, who served twice as acting Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Moderator,  Kevin Holmes, KSHB 41. Cost $150.

Fri. Jan. 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – 2023 KC MLK Volleyball Recruiting Combine  Kansas City Convention Center- Hall D, 300 W. 13th St. The 2023 KC MLK Recruiting Combine, in partnership with the Heart of America Region and the 2023 KC Martin Luther King Tournament is open to any 8th grade and high school age player.  Cost $120 Register here: https://bit.ly/3CfX0bR

Sat. Jan. 14, 10 a.m. – noon – 25th Annual MLK Observance Scholarship Brunch, Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trfy.  Beta Lambda Educational Institute and Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity presents the 25th Anniversary Observance. Keynote by Filmmaker Kevin Wilmott.

“A YOUNG KING” – hear an inspiring history of Martin Luther King Jr.  Engage with community leaders and young people committed to service and advocacy for our community. FREE with limited spaces. Register at: https://bit.ly/3IqkZZT

Mon., Jan. 16, 9am. 2023 MLK Day of Service. Central Middle School, 3611 Linwood Blvd. In partnership with Kansas City Public Schools, City Year Kansas City will bring together 100+ volunteers to brighten  the halls of Central Middle School. FREE

Mon Jan 16, 10 am. MLK Day of Service, Linwood Y, 3800 Linwood Blvd. Projects include making PB & J Sandwiches, Fleece Blankets, Affirmation Cards, Hygiene Kits, Bed of Bags.  Will be distributed through the homeless community in Kansas City.  FREE

Mon, Jan 16, 12 – 2 pm.  MLK Day 2023 First Time Homebuyer Seminar. AKA Day of Service. Black Archives of Mid-America 1722 E. 17th Terrace #Ste 315. Learn about becoming a homeowner!  FREE

Mon Jan 16, 9 am – Noon. MLK Service Day with AARP Kansas City. Cleaver Family YMCA, 7000 Troost.   Projects may include making sleeping mats or assembling health care kits for the unhoused, writing notes/cards for struggling students or Veterans. FREE

JOHNSON COUNTY

Sat., Jan. 14,  4 pm – Prairie Village’s 2nd Annual MLK Event . Village Church, 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village. FREE

Tue., Jan. 17,  9:30 pm.–  17th Annual MLK Celebration MidAmerican Nazarene University at College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe FREE