Stay tuned for an upcoming press release about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who
brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he
taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion,
dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King's character and empowered
his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love,
forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit. As numerous events
take place to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we have compiled a guide of celebrations
for this year's MLK Day in the City of Wichita.
The Eta Beta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, in collaboration
with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Beta Kappa Omega chapter, is proud to present
our 6th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration to celebrate the life
and legacy of our dear Brother. The program will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church (2653 N. Hillside St.,
Wichita, KS 67219). Our featured keynote speaker is Councilman Brandon Johnson, District I Council Member
for the City of Wichita. Brandon Johnson was elected as the council member to District
I in 2017. Johnson demonstrates his love for Wichita through progressive programming,
investments and initiatives to create a better city for current — and future—residents.
The Wichita-native’s civic leadership spans more than 10 years in areas including
economic development through youth employment advocacy and job creation, social services
and community education. Come as you are and join us for good music and fellowship
as we continue to cherish this important occasion. FREE ADMISSION; however, there
will be a free will offering at the program.
The Christian Faith Centre will put on a Citywide MLK Breakfast & Parade on Saturday,
January 18. Individuals are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to be donated
to help with hunger in the community. From 7-8:30 a.m., breakfast will be served at
the Christian Faith Centre (1130 S. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67211), which will be free
for children and students and will be $3 for everyone. Afterwards, the citywide parade
will begin at 10 a.m. at the Christian Faith Centre and head to Chester I. Lewis Reflection
Square Park (205 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202). Contact the Christian Faith
Centre at (316) 682-3544 to register your organization/float.
The Kansas African American Museum presents Our Heritage, Our Hope from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, January 18 at Chapel Hill UMC (1550 N. Chapel Hill St., Wichita,
KS 67206). We are honored to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an uplifting event
focusing on his message that speaks to Our Heritage, Our Hope and the connection between
all of us! Our featured guests include: Mayor-elect Brandon Whipple, Rev. Junius B.
Dotson, General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, local musical guests, The Collective
and Heart of Christ UMC Praise Team, spoken word and more! Get your buttons by calling
Wichita Habitat for Humanity (WHFH) will kick-off our 2020 Build Season on the Martin
Luther King Day of Service. In partnership with Volunteer Kansas, The City of Wichita,
Starbucks and Spirit Aerosystems, WHFH will bring together over 150 volunteers to
construct all of the interior and exterior walls of two three-bedroom homes inside
the Expo Hall of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center.
Through this large scale service event, participants will take part in Dr. King’s
enduring legacy of social justice, learn about the need for safe and affordable housing
within our community, and help a hardworking family realize their dream of homeownership.
Participation is limited to a first, come, first serve basis. Please sign up early
if you would like to participate and you must be at least 10 years of age.
Join the Greater Wichita Ministerial League, along with Dr. Cynthia Hale, as we celebrate
the life, ministry, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You will not want to
miss the music that will be rendered by our local talent, as well as the powerful
words that Dr. Hale will bring to us. This will take place from noon-2 p.m. on Monday, January 20 at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex (5015
E. 29th St. N., Wichita, KS 67220).
Reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we collaboratively
envision ways to carry forward his work, as well as participate in an impactful, inclusive
and engaging celebration of his life. Hear musical selections from the A.R.I.S.E.
Ensemble. The 2020 Drum Major Award recipient will also be recognized. Cosponsored
with African American Faculty & Staff Association, Black Student Union and Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award is presented to a Wichita State University
administrator, faculty, staff or student who seeks greatness, but does so through
service and love. This award is presented annually by the Office of Diversity and
Inclusion during the on-campus Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.