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MLK Day Activities and Events in the Iowa City Area

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

On Monday, we celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are several service activities planned in the area to commemorate Dr. King’s dream for racial and economic justice. 

Black Voices Project Color of Unity March

Participants will gather at 9:00 a.m. for line up procession at Faith Academy (located at 1030 Crosspark Ave, Iowa City.) The walk/car procession will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will end at Grant Wood Elementary School (located at 1930 Lakeside Drive).

This is a kid-friendly/senior citizen event, so you are welcome to drive your families in the parade if walking is difficult. A bus will be provided to transport participants back to their vehicles after the march has concluded.

Following the march, a program with entertainment, service projects, and a call-to-action town hall meeting will take place at Grant Wood Elementary School. These events will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided.

Annual Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Day

2:30 p.m. Bethel AME Church
411 S Governor St, Iowa City

Bethel A.M.E. Church invites you to celebrate and remember the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King’s life’s work and sacrifice continue to provide inspiration to us all in 2018. This event is open to the community and all are welcome.

University of Iowa Day of Service

Iowa Memorial Union Hubbard Commons
125 N. Madison St., Iowa City
9 a.m. to noon Monday

Community members are encouraged to join UI students, faculty, staff for a day of volunteer activities. Check in for this event will run from  8:00-8:30 a.m. at the IMU. Participants will be assigned a volunteer location, with volunteer activities commencing from 9 a.m.-Noon.

A celebration and free lunch will follow at the IMU. Participants can register and view other UI events here.

“Marshall” film screening

12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Film Scene, Iowa City

Film Scene’s screenings of “Marshall” are a great opportunity for older kids and teens that are interested in U.S. history. Thurgood Marshall was the first black justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, and this film is based on an early trial in his career. 

Martin Luther King Day Celebration & Public Reading of “I Have a Dream”

Coralville Public Library
5 p.m.-6 p.m.

The Coralville Public Library will present a public reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream Speech” at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 15 in the Library Rotunda. Readers will include a variety of representatives from local government (including yours truly!), library partners, and community groups, including the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, the Coralville Community Food Pantry, the Consultation of Religious Communities, and others who work to make Dr. King’s vision of racial and economic justice a reality.

The event is part of a month-long celebration of Coralville’s diverse community. Throughout the month the Library will highlight diverse books for readers of all ages and have displays on the changing demographics of Coralville.

The library will also feature a display about the 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration project in Mississippi, with items from the Eric Morton Civil Rights Papers from the University of Iowa and the personal collection of Shelton Stromquist, UI Emeritus Professor of History. Library patrons will also be encouraged to share their own dreams for a more just world, and the library will display them throughout the month.

Free Admission to the African American Museum of Iowa

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history. The museum educates more than 30,000 citizens each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs, and community and fundraising events. The AAMI will have free admission from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and tabletop children’s activities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


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