Dr. Martin Luther King Day Events in St. Louis

Ways to Pay Tribute to the Legacy of Dr. King

St. Louisans join Americans around the country in annual tributes to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events begin in early January and culminate on MLK Day in mid-January. Here is information on the various observances, celebrations, marches and other events to honor Dr. King.

There are also many other events and activities in St. Louis in January. For more information, check out January 2017 Events in St. Louis or Free Winter Events & Activities in the St. Louis Area.

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    St. Louis Art Museum
    Photo by Deborah O'Brien

    The St. Louis Art Museum is hosting a remembrance of the struggle for civil rights. The event will include music, photographs and keynote speakers. It runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the museum's Information Center.
    January 13, 2017
    Forest Park

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    The University City School District is holding its 31st annual celebration on the Saturday before MLK Day. A community march begins at noon at the high school, followed by followed by readings, performances and entertainment.
    January 14, 2017
    University City

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    The Missouri History Museum invites visitors of all ages to a Family Celebration to honor Dr. King. Storytellers will recall the important moments from King's life. Children will also learn about life in the South in the 1960s. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
    January 14 & 16, 2017
    Forest Park

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    Second Presbyterian Church is hosting a concert featuring music from African-American composers. The popular Dawn Weber is performing. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Admission is free.  
    January 15, 2017
    Central West End

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    The MLK Celebration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis begins at 10 a.m., at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The community celebration features speakers, musicians and performers paying tribute to Dr. King. There is also a special program for children. The event is free and open to the public.
    January 16, 2017
    North St. Louis County


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    The public is invited to the Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis at 10 a.m., for a special ceremony with speeches from local leaders. At 11 a.m., participants will march from the Old Courthouse to Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.. The celebration will conclude with an interfaith service and concert at the church.
    January 16, 2017
    Downtown St. Louis


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    Christ Church Cathedral at 13th and Locust holds a daylong observance of the life and legacy of Dr. King. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., speakers are invited to read aloud the writings and speeches of Dr. King as visitors listen and reflect on the message. Admission is free.
    January 16, 2017
    Downtown St. Louis

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    The 30th annual King Day Commemoration at Washington University takes place at Graham Chapel. The event begins at 7 p.m. It includes speeches, discussions and gospel music. Admission is free.January January 16, 2017
    Washington University