January 12, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. events

All events are in Kansas City unless otherwise noted.

All events are in Kansas City unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 14

Community Luncheon with Julian Bond:

Noon, Atlanta Ballroom, Sheraton Crown Center hotel, 2345 McGee St. $60. 816-241-8100 or

Jan. 16

Black Achievers’ Award Dinner:

7 p.m., Sheraton Crown Center hotel, 2345 McGee St. $75. 816-241-8100 or

Jan. 17

Sprint Artist Tribute:

Gospel artist Isaac Carree, 7 p.m., Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St. $20. 816-241-8100 or

Jan. 18

Johnson County Community Memorial Program:

Theme is “Martin and Mandela: Reflections of a Legacy” with music, a King oration and Missouri Court of Appeals Judge Lisa White Hardwick as guest speaker; displays open at 1 p.m. followed by program at 2 p.m., Blue Valley West High School, 16200 Antioch Road, Overland Park. Free; donations accepted.

King tribute:

Reading of the poem “I Have a Dream,” music and refreshments, noon-2:30 p.m., Garrison Community Center, 1124 E. Fifth St. Free. 816-784-1140.

Jan. 19

Methodist Ministers Fellowship:

With Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart Sr., 4 p.m. Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, 2828 Prospect Ave. 816-241-8100 or

Raytown celebration:

Featuring community choir; Maurice Hays, “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist; and keynote speakers Casey Carey from the National Center for Fathering and Jacqueline Wood, associate professor at UMKC, 3 p.m., Graceway, 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City. 816-304-5373.

Jan. 20

Alpha Phi Alpha breakfast:

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast, with the Rev. Elliott Eley, senior pastor of the Welborn Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan., 7 a.m., Beta Lambda Educational Institute, 2915 Swope Parkway. Free.

Day of Service: Each Metropolitan Community College campus will be hosting community service projects. 8:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 20. MCC campuses.


Northland celebration:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day event with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and performances by local jazz artist Lori Tucker, the William Jewell College Concert Choir and the Liberty Community Chorus, 10 a.m., John Gano Memorial Chapel at William Jewell College, Mill Street and R.E. Bowles Drive, Liberty.

Kansas City Art Institute:

Film at 11:30 a.m.; keynote speaker, Charles Coulter, journalist and educator; birthday cake and punch. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Epperson Auditorum, Kansas City Art Institute., 816-802-3435.

Kansas City, Kan., Mass Celebration:

Keynote speaker is Ohio pastor Otis Moss Jr., who worked with Martin Luther King Jr., addressing the theme “Martin, Mahatma, Mandela: Still Paying the Price for The Dream! — How Long?” 11 a.m., Jack Reardon Civic Center, Fifth Street and Minnesota Avenue. Preceded by Motorcade/March for Hunger departing at 10 a.m. from Mount Zion Baptist Church, Fifth and Richmond.

Doug Talley Quartet:

Jazz concert honoring King, noon, Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., including audience participation in “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Followed by reception. Free, but donations welcome.

American Jazz Museum celebration: 1-5 p.m., Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St. Free. 816-474-8463 or


Rockhurst University:

Showing of “Art Saved My Life,” a documentary directed by Kansas City native Damon Lee Patterson, who advocates for strengthening arts education, 3 p.m., Sedgwick Hall on Rockhurst campus, 1100 Rockhurst Road. Free. Children under 18 must be accompanied by adult. Large groups encouraged to RSVP by Jan. 16 to Kacie Otto, 816-501-4157.


“Waking from the Nightmare: Renewing Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign,” panel discussion, 3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2310 E. Linwood Blvd. 816-241-8100 or

Mass Celebration:

With the Rev. Vernon Howard Jr., 6 p.m., Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2310 E. Linwood Blvd. 816-241-8100 or


Theme is “His Legacy Through Our Eyes,” music by the Metropolitan Community Choir and speaker Anita Russell, president of the Kansas City chapter of the NAACP, 7 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 E. Maple Ave., Independence.

Lee’s Summit celebration:

Theme is “Taking Strides to a Healthier You,” providing information about health, wellness and financial planning to embody a healthy lifestyle; former Royal Frank White will speak, 5-9 p.m., Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray Road, Lee’s Summit. 816-969-1000 or

University of Central Missouri:

Community praise and worship service, 6:30 p.m., Hendricks Hall, Warrensburg. 660-543-4263.

Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner:

Honors Sprint executive Ralph Reid with the Legacy Award, other awardees and student scholarship award winners, dinner at 6 p.m., social at 5:30 p.m., Overland Park Marriott, 10800 Metcalf Ave. $75. 816-920-7774.

Jan. 21

Olathe celebration:

“Called to the Fire,” with civil rights leader Charles Johnson, subject of the book “Called to the Fire” and recipient of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award, 9:30 a.m., College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe.

Freedom Scholarship Dinner: Labor economist, author and commentator Julianne Malveaux will speak, 6:30 p.m., Elliott Union Ballroom, University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Must purchase tickets in advance. 660-543-4156.

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