Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations

 
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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.

6th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

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.

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Citywide MLK Breakfast & Parade

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.

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TKAAM "Our Heritage, Our Hope"

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 (316) 262-7651.

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MLK Day of Service

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.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

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).

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12th Annual MLK, Jr. Commemoration

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.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award

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.