MLK Day events and acts of service | Events
Events in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday:
Saturday, Jan. 14
12 p.m.- 2 p.m.: MLK Jr. Community Prayer and Free Lunch at Kids First Community Center in Alabaster (on Simmsville Road behind Mt. Olive Church)
Sunday, Jan. 15
3 p.m. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform their annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as a tribute to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth at the Alys Stephens Center. Choirs from Jacksonville University and the Alabama School of Fine Arts will also perform. Click here for more info and tickets: http://www.alabamasymphony.org/mlkjr.htm
Monday, Jan. 15 | Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
7:30 a.m.: Unity Breakfast at Boutwell: A Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast will be held at the BJCC.
9 a.m.: The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opens up for visitors. Admission is free all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10a.m.-10:30 p.m: Wreath Laying Ceremony at Kelly Ingram Park -- Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will lay a wreath in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. at his statue in Kelly Ingram Park. Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will also lay a wreath in memory of King's wife, Corretta Scott King. Birmingahm City Councilman Jay Roberson will be the guest speaker at the event.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Main Street Birmingham will host a community mural painting day at the North Birmingham Mural across from the North Birmingham Ecoscape at 30th Ave. and 26th St. North
Noon: There will be a march from Birmingham City Hall to Kelly Ingram Park to 16th Street Baptist Church.
1 p.m. Southern Christian Leadership Conference will hold a Civil Rights rally and program at 16th Street Baptist Church.
2 p.m. Stop the Violence march in Bessemer -- A rally and "stop the violence" march led by the African drum group "Heartbeat" will begin at Bessemer City Hall at 2 p.m. and end at Debardeleben Park. Refreshments will be served at the park following the march.
12 p.m.-3 p.m.: MLK Jr. "Family Hoop/Health Information and Basketball Day" at the Shelby County Alternative School in Alabaster on Highway 31. This event includes a talent show contest at noon and community basketball games at 2 p.m
Thursday, Jan. 19
10:30 a.m. Talladega: Annual Student Freedom March--students and faculty at Talladega College will participate in the annual Student Freedom March during the school's annual Spring Opening Convocation ceremony. The march will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Sumner Hall and proceed to DeForest Chapel where the convocation ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Students and faculty will walk hand-in-hand during the march while singing Civil Rights-era freedom songs.
Day of service: Several groups are planning to volunteer their time and energy in acts of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here are a few that will be going on around Birmingham:
Sunday, Jan. 15
A group of 29 high school students from White Plains, N.Y. will spend a day of service in Birmingham working outside at Birmingham Southern College. The students will prep winter beds and help maintain trails at the BSC EcoScape on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. While in Alabama during their long weekend trip, the group of students will also participate in tornado recovery projects in Pratt City led by Hands On Birmingham.
Monday, Jan. 16
Maclin Park: Honda employees will volunteer their time to paint, pick up debris and spruce up Maclin Park located at 2701 F.L. Shuttlesworth Drive North as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers will work in the park from noon until 4 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club: Between 80 and 100 volunteers from Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church will visit the South Park Boys and Girls Club on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for a day of service. Volunteers plan to fill in potholes in the parking lot with gravel, build a new wood deck, clean up the exterior of the building, paint the interior of the building and work on landscaping.
Hands On Birmingham has a list of dozens of ways to volunteer on MLK Day. To see their volunteer opportunities, click here.
Most libraries in Jefferson County including Birmingham Public libraries. See this link for full list: http://www.jclc.org/info/holidays.aspx
Jefferson County Schools
Homewood City Schools
Most government offices
Many bank branches may be closed, so make sure to call ahead before you go