Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is more than just a celebration of a great man who sacrificed himself to make this world a better place. It is a celebration of equality, freedom, and the ability to overcome stereotypes and prejudices. Many people are off of work and school for the birthday of Martin Luther King in Louisville, and there are plenty of local things to do on the holiday and throughout the month to help you celebrate the legacy of Dr. King in your life.
Where: Presbyterian Center, 100 Witherspoon St.
What: This celebration will start with a short worship service at the Presbyterian Center followed by a group walk to two locations of significance to reflect on Louisville’s involvement with the Underground Railroad, immigrant activism, and faith in community.
Where: Downtown Louisville
What: The Motorcade will follow a route from Broadway, River Park, and Oak Street before proceeding to Dixie Highway. It will be made up of cars, trucks, vans, buses and motorcycles. Among the groups include the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Louisville Fire Department, Shively Police Department, EMS, Solid Waste Management, and various church buses.
Where: St. Stephen Church
What: Seven local community arts groups will collaborate on a free public concert to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in conjunction with the presentation of the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award given by Mayor Jerry Abramson.
Where: The Gillespie
What: This annual fundraiser is a new staple event in our community driving the need to foster greater cross-cultural bonds. Key-note speakers from various cultures will address the audience. This community awareness event is being held on the observation holiday, commemorating the peace-making efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Where: Wall Street United Methodist Church
What: The City of Jeffersonville hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day events with a Memorial March/Motorcade and Service with guest speaker Sharon L. Washington.
What: The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is the kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, an initiative to reduce violence in the community through awareness and cooperation. Volunteers for the program will assist in promoting peace in the community by, signing a peace petition, encouraging others to sign a peace petition, joining or creating a block watch in their neighborhood, and/or working as a youth mentor through an agency such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters.