Austin Area Heritage Council (AAHC) honors Dr. Martin Luther King’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 during the Austin MLK Celebration.
The Annual Community March kicks-off on Monday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus.
It then heads to the south steps of the State Capitol for a short program and continues to Huston-Tillotson University for more activities. Businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.
The MLK Community Festival kicks off when marchers reach HTU and runs until 3 p.m. It will include vendors and local music acts.
AAHC, in collaboration with Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Google Fiber and Child, Inc., will host the 13th Annual MLK Oratory Competition on Thursday, Jan. 11 at St. James’ Episcopal Church, located at 1941 Webberville Road, at 6:30 p.m.
Oratory Finalists will compete in a five-minute speech based on the theme, “As we continue with the legacy of Dr. King and if he were alive today, what dream would you personally discuss with him to promote and deliver to the people of the world in hopes of creating a better place for everyone to live in?” These inspiring young speakers will compete by delivering personally written speeches.
The MLK Youth Scholarship Awards Program runs from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Awards were created to recognize youth in the Austin community for their outstanding commitment and achievement, as well as inspire the next generation of healthcare workers.
Finally, on Saturday, Jan. 16, United Way for Greater Austin and Hands on Central Texas invite the public to celebrate Dr. King with a day of service. Hundreds of volunteers come together to complete community improvement projects throughout Austin.