Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 2017 Schedule of Events

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Vanderbilt University Commemoration
January 13-16
Vanderbilt University
2201 West End Ave
Commemorating Dr. King’s life and legacy, the University community will gather together for a series of programs including participation in the city-wide march, community service, educational forums, and lectures.

Youth Forum
January 14
Downtown Library
615 Church Street
10:00 am
The Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship and the Nashville Community invite you to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the King Day Student Sound Off: What’s Next… There’s Power in Progress; panel discussion and service project. Lunch provided.

Nashville MLK Day Youth Program and March
January 16
Various Locations
8:30 a.m.
The day will begin with the Youth Program at 8:30 am (Jefferson St. Missionary Baptist Church, 2708 Jefferson St), the March (Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church at 10:00 am, and the Convocation at 11:00 am (TSU Gentry Center, 3500 John A Merritt Blvd). The Shiners will be on hand with hot chocolate and Krispy Kreme donuts! The Convocation speaker is Brittany Packnett who was a Ferguson organizing protester and executive director of Teach For America in St. Louis. She is a member of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

January 16
East Park Community Center
600 Woodland St
Keynote Speaker- 7:30 AM
5K Start- 8:00 AM
The 5K4MLK unites the community to run for diversity in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

OZ School Days: MLK Jr. Day
January 16
Centennial Performing Arts Studios
211 27th Avenue North
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This daylong multi-arts program engages 5 to 15 year-old students at Centennial Performing Arts Studios on days when Metro Nashville Public Schools are out of session on public holidays. Metro Parks’ Centennial Performing Arts Studios are located in the 27th Avenue North and Poston Street corner of Nashville, Tennessee’s beautiful Centennial Park.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
January 16-23
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program was established in January of 1997 at Belmont University as a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events are held each January as part of the observance of Dr. King’s birthday. Each of these events are open to the Belmont community and to the public and all are welcome and invited to attend. Events each year include a candlelight vigil in commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement, a chapel service, and a campus dialogue on diversity, race and ethnicity.

Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tennessee State University, Kean Hall Gymnasium
3500 John A. Merritt BLVD
Saturday, January 21
Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30am
The Event will Kick off at 8:30am
Tenessee State University will have their annual Campus Wide Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let Freedom Sing!
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
January 22
7:00 p.m.
Now in its 24th year, this concert honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joined by the Celebration Chorus and Celebration Youth Chorus, the orchestra will perform an inspiring selection of music honoring the triumphs of the civil rights movement. Sphinx Competition winner Annelle Gregory will be featured soloist on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

The Civil Rights Room
Nashville Downtown Library
615 Church Street
The Civil Rights Room is a space for education and exploration of the Civil Rights Collection. The materials exhibited here capture the drama of a time when thousands of African-American citizens in Nashville sparked a nonviolent challenge to racial segregation in the city and across the South.