Created to honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MLK Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January (this year it is January 21st). The spirit of the day is best described by his widow Coretta Scott King:
On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.
You can read her full remarks HERE. Join in the celebration with one of the many family-friendly events happening in Nashville.
Let Freedom Sing with the Nashville Symphony – Nashville
- Sunday January 20, 2019 @7 PM – FREE (but you must have a ticket – find one HERE) – The orchestra and special guests will perform a mix of spirituals, popular songs, and classical music honoring the triumphs of the civil rights movement. Tickets will be available to the public at 10 AM on January 10, 2019.
Annual March and Convocation – Nashville
The MLK Day and March is celebrating 30 years in 2019. It is one of the oldest Martin Luther King Day commemorative marches in the country. There are events starting on Thursday, January 17th and you can get all the details HERE.
- Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 PM – Attend a worship service with Dr. Jamal Bryant and the Nashville Youth Choir at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (Map)
- Friday, January 18, 2019, 8 AM – Labor Breakfast – Laskey Hall at Scarritt Bennett Center (Map)
- Saturday January 19, 2019 – There will be a Youth Summit, Social Justice art Exhibit and a Service Project at the Salvation Army. Details HERE.
- Monday January 21, 2019 – Jefferson Street Baptist Church (Map) – Attend a Youth Rally at 8:30AM followed by a March to TSU at 10 AM, followed by a Convocation at 11 AM at TSU Gentry Center (Map). Learn more HERE.
Discovery Center – Murfreesboro
- Monday January 21, 2019 – 10 AM to 5 PM – Visit the Discovery Center for FREE and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with art, culture and more!
- Thursday, January 17, 2019 – 10 AM to Noon – Attend Fisk’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation at the Fisk Memorial Chapel (Map)
Belmont University – Nashville
- Events begin with an MLK Breakfast celebration on January 18, 2019 and continue through January 23rd. This annual program was established in 1997 and all the events are open to the public. See the full schedule HERE.
- Volunteer with Belmont, Fisk, and other area universities for the MLK Joint Day of Service on Saturday January 19, 2019 from 11 AM – 4:30 PM.
- Thursday, January 17, 2019 – 8 AM – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Department of Communication and Journalism in partnership with The Council on Workforce Innovation and National Organization for Workforce Diversity will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the annual MLK Diversity Breakfast in the university’s Ezell Center. This year’s MLK Diversity Breakfast features the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Mayor’s Office, Ashford Hughes. Individual tickets are available for $35 and tickets for a table are available for $300. To order tickets visit lipscomb.edu/diversitybreakfast before Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. For more information on Ashford Hughes, click here.
Vanderbilt University – Nashville
- Join in events January 21, 2019. This year’s theme is Our Lives. Our Movements. Our Responsibility. See the full schedule HERE.
Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. at home?
- Find an opportunity to volunteer and be a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service.
- Host a Sunday Supper for your friends, neighbors and relatives
- Learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate his life though one of these family projects.
Learn more about Nashville’s Role in the Civil Rights Movement
Nashville’s downtown library is home to the Civil Rights room and collection. There is a lunch counter where you can sit and read about the protests during the sit-ins carried out by brave African Americans in the 1960s. Photographs line the room highlighting desegregation and Nashville’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.