Although Monday is the official federal holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the river region celebrates the legacy of this champion of civil rights and trust in many ways throughout the weekend and beyond – with a video contest for youth, one City concerts, art and film productions, community service days and many virtual events.
While many events are free, some may require ticket purchase or registration.
Guests attending any of the events should remember to wear their masks and practice social disturbances due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
The March Continues: Building Collective Power to Impact Policy and the Dismantle System of Option 2021 and Beyond: From 11am on Friday, the Civil Rights Memorial Center will host a zoom webinar panel discussion with activists and public servants and a message by Shyen Webb-Kristberg. (Register at splcenter.org/mlk-event)
2021 MLK Student Perspective Video Contest: Friday afternoon deadlines are 8–13 and 14–18 for Montgomery students to present a brief video of their favorite quotation from one of King’s speeches, sermons, or interviews, And then explain why the quote resonates with them today. (Email them for the contest @ montgomeryal.gov)
MLK / FBI: The film was screened at 4 pm and 7 pm Friday at the Capri Theater in Montgomery, with Martin Luther King Jr. and J. Edgar Hoover starred, with tickets for $ 4-10. (334-262-4858 or capritheatre.org).
MLK Weekend Service: Volunteers gather from 8 am-2 pm on Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm Sundays and Mondays at 622 Claudete Colvin Drive, Montgomery, to beautify Claudette Colvin’s home and outside of the surrounding King Hill community, and community gardens. And work on the memorial Murali. (Register at volunteer. Handsonriverregion.org and call 334-590-4170 or email [email protected])
17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day service: Registration begins at 8:30 am at the Cleveland Avenue YMCA or online at http://studentymca.org. (Contact Heavy White at [email protected]).
MLK and Freedom Ride: A 60th Anniversary Reflection: In 1961, the youngest of the original 13 Freedom Riders sponsored by the Congressional Racial Equality (CORE), Dr. A virtual event featuring Zoom on Live featuring Charles Person was made available on the Freedom Rides Museum’s Facebook page Saturday at 10 am.
25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Virtual Assembly: Free online event Saturday at 10 am (aulmlkgathering.swell.gives)
7th Annual MLK Community Celebration: Aired Saturday at 6:30 pm on WSFA-TV12, it features a mix of music and drama with MLK Interfaith Community Choir and the ASU Dramatic Guild and BFA Dance Company (334-229-6755 or www.fersofthedream.org).
MLK Weekend Music Festival: Saturday, 8pm to 2pm Sunshyn, J-WONN, TK Soul, Vick Allen, Angel Faye Russell and Sir Duke to Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa, 201 Tallapoosa St. (Eventbrite.com at $ 40 on ticket)
MLK Vehicle Parade: Prattville will have only one vehicle, no walkers, the parade begins at 8:30 am on Martin Luther King Day. The route is from Mc Gray Park on MLK Drive, Prattville Junior High, then MLK, East Main Street to Northington Street to Stanley Jensen Stadium, Pratt Park.
46th MLK Birthday Celebration: Monday at 10 am at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where King was a pastor from 1954–1960. (dexterkingmemorial.org)
Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Breakfast Livestream: Dr. A virtual event at 9 am from AUM featuring Bernard Lafayette. (Target.adu / bmkebrest)
Creative Conversations: How has art contributed to MLK Jr.’s legacy ?: See how art (or lack) shaped Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ Facebook page (@MontgomeryMFA) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Is, in Montgomery, with Madeline Burkhart of the Rosa Parks Museum and Wanda Battle of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.
Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at [email protected]