MLK Commemorative Celebration Jan. 16-21, 2019

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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MLK Commemorative Celebration Jan. 16-21, 2019

Posted: 01/11/2019
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Commemorative CommissionSince 1982, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission has organized a special celebration each year for the Knoxville area to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The week long celebration focuses on providing education and leadership training for adults and youth and promotes reconciliation through peaceful conflict resolution.

Part of the celebration also includes stories of racial struggles with emphasis on non-violence, equality, and love. 

This year's MLK celebration runs from Jan. 16, 2019 to Jan. 21, 2019 and consists of the theme of The Courage to Lead with a Greater Determination.


EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE 
Church Street United Methodist Church
The major opening of the MLK Celebration is traditionally an interfaith prayer service to bring people of our community from all faiths together in worship.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 
8:30 am to 11:30 am
LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Rothchild Catering Center
A highlight of the MLK Celebration is the annual leadership symposium providing a forum for dialogue and exchange of information about social justice issues.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
LEADERSHIP/AWARDS LUNCHEON
Rothchild Catering Center

The business leadership awards luncheon will bring businesses from all segments of Knoxville together to honor special people who have made a difference in our community and will feature a special Keynote Speaker.

Friday, January 18, 2019 
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
COMMUNITY FORUM – OAK RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL PEACE ALLIANCE
Beck Cultural Exchange Center

An especially important element in the MLK Celebration activities is a Community Forum with our partners of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
8:30 am to 2:00 pm
YOUTH SYMPOSIUM
Austin-East High School

The MLK Jr. Commemorative Celebration Commission Youth Symposium team has again partnered with the Knoxville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America to provide a day of youth development and leadership training. We intend to continue to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders who will be inspired to reweave the fabric of our community.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
8:30 am to 2:00 pm 
TEACHER IN-SERVICE TRAINING
Beck Cultural Exchange Center

The purpose of the MLK Teacher In-Service program is to provide a very special training session for teachers and other professionals that tie in directly with the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Y.W.C.A. RACE AGAINST RACISM
Phyllis Wheatley Center

This 5K Run/1-Mile Walk and community event is a chance for Knoxville to celebrate diversity while working to create peace, justice and equality for all people.

Sunday, January 20, 2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A NIGHT WITH THE ARTS TRIBUTE / KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CARPET BAG THEATRE
Tennessee Theatre

This exciting program will be a fitting tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King's vision through a multi-faceted artistic presentation that includes some of our areas most gifted singers, actors, dancers, poets, and the MLK Holiday Celebration Choir.

Monday, January 21, 2019
8:30 am (Line-Up)
10:00 am to 11:30 am 
MEMORIAL MARCH PARADE

The purpose of the parade is to offer the community a visual and audible display in tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Parade route will stretch from Chilhowee Park – Midway Entrance on N. Beaman Street to the Overcoming Believers Church on Harriet Tubman Street.

Monday, January 21, 2019
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
MEMORIAL TRIBUTE SERVICE
Overcoming Believers Church

The MLK Memorial Tribute Service culminates the MLK Memorial Parade and will feature a special Keynote Speaker.


Learn more about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission at http://www.mlkknoxville.com/.