Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Event Date: January 15, 2021

Given recent events, I think we all need a little inspiration.  Here are some opportunities to help celebrate and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. as the holiday in his honor is this coming Monday, January 18.

Ways to Virtually Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

1. D.C. 40th Annual MLK Holiday Parade

“Amid a global pandemic, the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Parade will take place virtually on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 12 noon via YouTube - Be sure to follow us on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and Instagram @mlkholidaydc115.” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-holiday-dc-40th-annual-virtual-parade-tickets-131432725821

2. National Civil Rights Museum — King Day 2021 Virtual Event at 6:00pm CT Livestream

“The event will showcase Dr. King’s work, the history of how the national holiday came to be, as well as how the museum has celebrated the holiday in years past. The online celebration will feature musical performances by Memphis musicians, a children's storytime reading and scholarly insight of King's life and legacy with Dr. Hasan Jeffries.” https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day

3. The March — Virtual Reality Installation

In November, The March was at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.  The museum is closed now, and we don't know if it will still be there once it reopens. A video about the installation is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5VHE0hGV6Y

4. Celebrate with your University

Here are links to the Martin Luther King, Jr. events going on at, or close to, each CISTAR partner university:

Purdue University Logo

Purdue University will be offering several virtual events, as well as a community food drive during the month of January to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scroll down for more information: 

Purdue University MLK Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture with Andrew Young

January 21 @ 7:00 pm EST UTC+0
This event is the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture, and is part of a week-long celebration of Dr. King’s life & work.

RON FINLEY, “The Gangsta Gardener”

January 18 @ 1:00 pm EST UTC+0
Finley has helped create dozens of community gardens in unused spaces around Los Angeles.

ACE Campus Food Pantry Drive

January 18 - January 22
ACE Campus Food Pantry is coordinating a campus-wide food drive in lieu of their usual MLK Day of Service.

To see the above events, and many more, please visit https://www.purdue.edu/diversity-inclusion/racial-justice-series/event/mlk-events/

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University of New Mexico MLK Events

Grand Chapel AME 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration

January 18, 2021, 8:00 
Grand Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Margaret Redmon McFaddin
Join on Zoom and Facebook — register for free: http://ow.ly/LqSB50CVBHs
Grant Chapel AME invites you to join them in celebration of Dr. King’s life and ideals at their 25th annual commemoration! This event is virtual and free to attend. The theme “Keeping the dream alive: A day ON, not a day OFF!” encourages us to work toward creating a fair, equitable, and inclusive society by Dr. King's example.

2021 MLK Day Virtual Event THEN and NOW

With a theme of “Then and Now,” the Doña Ana County chapter of the NAACP will present a Martin Luther King, Jr. virtual event beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18. The event will include a 45-minute speech King delivered in April 1961 that offers powerful insights into 2020-21. The presentation also will include a panel discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement, the murder of George Floyd and other local and national events in 2020 that impacted civil rights.

To register for free, visit www.naacpdac.org or send an email to info@naacpdac.org

For more details about the Then and Now virtual event, please see: https://www.lascrucesbulletin.com/stories/local-naacp-hosts-martin-luther-king-jr-virtual-event-jan-18,5577

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Northwestern University MLK Events


The Northwestern University community celebrates Dr. King with an expanded special commemoration including stage events, discussions, lectures, and service projects throughout the month to inspire reflection on Dr. King’s life and legacy.

A recording of the January 13, 2021 Mariame Kaba MLK Keynote Address will be made available soon.

Register for the Hill Haper Candlelight Vigil Keynote Address. (If Zoom registration is full, please come back on January 18th at 3pm CST and Zoom registration will prompt you to live stream.)

For these and other events, please visit https://www.northwestern.edu/mlk/.

University of Notre Dame

Walk the Walk Week at University of Notre Dame

Given the global pandemic, the sixth annual campus-wide observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Walk the Walk Week will look different than in previous years. This year, we will mark MLK Day on Monday, January 18, with a discussion between Justice Alan Page ’67 and G. Marcus Cole, Joseph A. Matson Dean of the Law School at 12 p.m. EST. The live stream of this conversation will be on this website. All are welcome.

For a virtual discussion and a series of February follow-up events, please visit https://diversity.nd.edu/walk-the-walk/.

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MLK Celebration - University of Texas at Austin

MLK Livestream and In-Car Rally

We invite you to participate in the Austin Area MLK Day Livestream and In-Car Rally on Monday, January 18th at 10:30am.

We will broadcast live from our In-Car Rally via both Facebook and YouTube. Onsite attendance will be extremely limited due to Stage 5 COVID-19 Restrictions. Advance Registration of Vehicles required. More information.

For a series of celebratory events in Austin, sponsored in part by UTA, please visit https://www.mlkcelebration.com/.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Denise M. Driscoll 
CISTAR Director of Diversity and Inclusion