Things to Do: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Festivals and Events Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King

Each year, we pause to celebrate the life and victories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Born on January 15, the holiday is scheduled to fall near this date, on the third Monday in January. Public schools are closed and many people are off work in memory of Dr. King. Below are events designed to help us remember the importance of diversity, equity and freedom within our country.

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Day of Service

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When: MLK Day
Where: Local Parks
To mark the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., many are called to a day of service. Volunteers are welcomed to participate in a Olmsted Parks Conservancy event, working to enhance the beauty of our parks. The park provides gloves, tools and refreshments. Be sure to dress appropriately for a day outdoors.

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Visit the Muhummad Ali Center

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When: MLK Day
Where: Downtown Louisville
The Ali Center is committed to preserving and promoting the ideas of Muhammad Ali, "to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be." It is not a museum to Dr. King, but the spirit of equity and justice in the Ali Center is to be celebrated.

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Volunteer Your Time

When: MLK Day or whenever you can
Where: Various location
Since many schools and workplaces are closed, it's an opportunity to give back to the community. Of course, you can also donate your time in memory of Dr. King any week of the year. Even if you aren't able to participate in the Day of Service above, there are other opportunities throughout Louisville.

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Read Books, Tell Stories

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When: MLK Day or whenever you can
Where: Various location
The library is closed for the holiday, so plan ahead if you want to check something out. Spend the day reading books about King or telling stories about him to children. His work to improve communities, integrate schools and create a life of equality will resonate with young minds. If you don't have kids, take the opportunity to read and educate yourself. Local coffee shops will be open if you want to sip a cup of tea, too.