MLK Jr. Day Celebration Events, Jan. 12-16
Austin Area Heritage Council honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with an uplifting program highlighting diversity and multiculturalism in the capital city. The schedule includes an oratory competition, MLK youth scholarship awards, a day of service and a large MLK Day march and festival.
The MLK Oratory Competition will take place at St. James Episcopal Church on Thursday, Jan. 12, 6 p.m. Inspiring young contestants will compete by delivering personally written speeches commemorating Dr. King’s ideals and principles and encourage his legacy of peace and unity.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, United Way’s Hands on Central Texas welcomes volunteers at 9 a.m. for a day of community service starting from MLK Blvd. The public is invited to help complete numerous improvement projects throughout Austin, including feeding the hungry, beautifying parks, and much more, in voluntary service honoring Dr. King.
The MLK youth scholarship awards reception is presented at the ACC Eastview Campus, Building 8000 multipurpose room, on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. The awards were created to recognize youth in the Austin community for their outstanding commitment and achievement, as well as inspire the next generation.
The culmination of Austin MLK events is the grand MLK Day march and rally. On Monday, Jan. 16, the march begins at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. Marchers then head to the south steps of the State Capitol before crossing IH-35 to the Eastside towards the historic Huston-Tillotson University campus.
The MLK Community Celebration & Music Festival begins when the marchers arrive at H-TU. Festivities last until 3 p.m. Explore the grounds with booths, vendors, local musical artists and performers and more. For more info on Austin’s MLK events go to mlkcelebration.com.