Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the achievements and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We’ve compiled a list of MLK Day events happening around the Birmingham area that commemorate the life of the civil rights leader.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day events
1. The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast will be held in the BJCC North Exhibition Hall, 2150 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd. N. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. The MLK Choir will perform from 7 to 7:30 a.m.
The breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. It is scheduled to end at 9:30 a.m. This is Birmingham’s biggest forum to celebrate King and his legacy of racial reconciliation. The breakfast also serves as a support event for the annual MLK Scholarship Essay program, providing direct scholarships to high school students throughout the Birmingham region. For more information, please contact Aaron Carlton at 205-585-6463 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tickets are $50 and are available at the BJCC ticket office. Tables of 8 are $400. To buy tables of 8 tickets, please contact Carlton.
2. Line up for the SCLC’s traditional MLK March from City Hall to Kelly Ingram Park that will be at 11 a.m. The march will start at 11:30 a.m. Once marchers reach Kelly Ingram Park, they will enter Sixteenth Street Baptist Church for a rally. Contact Bishop Calvin W. Woods Sr. for more information at 205-937-5679
3. The SCLC will host a civil rights rally at 12 p.m. at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, 1530 Sixth Avenue N. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Michael Wesley of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
4. The SCLC’s annual MLK “Love Feast: Feed The Homeless and Senior Citizens” will be held at 2 p.m. at Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. Contact Bishop Calvin Woods at (205)-937-5679 or email@example.com or the Rev. Timothy Woods at 205-324-8202. This is a free event.
5. More than 2,000 high school student-athletes will compete in the MLK Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex, 2337 Bessemer Road. The event will start at 8 a.m. Athletes will all march around the track at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 at the gate. For more information, CLICK HERE.
6. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will host “MLK Day 2020: King’s Dream in 20/20 Vision’’ from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. with live performances, music, games and giveaways.
7. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host a wreath-laying ceremony in Kelly Ingram Park at 11 a.m. in honor of their fellow fraternity brother, Dr. King.
8. For the past 19 years, residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas have donated volunteer hours to give back to the community on MLK Jr. Day of Service, which will start at 1 p.m.
Turn your day OFF into a day ON by volunteering on MLK Day of Service this Monday, January 20th! Projects are still available for register at https://uwca.givepulse.com/group/242295-MLK-Day-of-Service
Want to help in 2020? Register today for Hands on Birmingham’s “MLK Jr. Day of Service” at https://uwca.givepulse.com/group/242295-MLK-Day-of-Service For more information, contact: Tawanna Willoughby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. The “UAB MLK’s Beloved Community” will be held at UAB’s rec center, 1501 University Blvd. For more information, please contact Andrea Bennett, UAB Coordinator for Leadership & Service, at 205-934-8023 or email@example.com . Registration for this event will be done at the rec center. The event will start at 9am.
10. The “MLK Day 2020: Vistas Serving the City of Birmingham.” For more information, please contact Alicia Lumpkin at Alicia.firstname.lastname@example.org 205-254-8025. Time: TBA.
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