2012 MLK events calendar

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Southern Christian Leadership Conference Community Luncheon

, 11:30 a.m. Kansas City Marriott Downtown hotel, 200 W. 12th St. keynote speaker, Joycelyn Elders, former, surgeon general. $60.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Olathe MLK community open house ,

9 a.m.-8 p.m., Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe. “Martin Luther King Legacy: The Courage to Believe” is the theme for event that honors the best entries in essay, visual arts and multi-media categories from Olathe middle and high school students. Entries will be on display.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 Youth Workshop

SCLC-KC, 8 a.m. Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road. Luncheon speaker, Princeton professor Eddie Glaude Jr. By invitation for high school students.

Martin Luther King Jr. noonday celebration,

noon to 1:30 p.m., Prairie Trail Middle School, 21600 W. 107th St. Winners of the district’s MLK contest will be honored.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 St. James United Methodist Church Martin Luther King event ,

“A Tribute Salute to 10 Years of Celebrations,” 6:30 p.m. at 5540 Wayne. Narrator is Jon R. Gray. Speakers include Kansas City Councilman John Sharp and Alvin Brooks, president of the AdHoc Group Against Crime. Musical performances, including the Academy Orchestra of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.

Johnson County M. L. King Jr. Committee and Johnson County NAACP memorial community program ,

“Keeping the Dream in today’s racial climate,” 1 p.m. at Blue Valley Northwest High School, 13260 Switzer Road, Overland Park. Angela Bates, a descendant of the settlers who established the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kan., is the keynote speaker.

Kansas City Museum presents MLK holiday activities ,

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road. American Jazz Museum poet-

in-residence Glenn North, local children’s book illustrator Shane Evans and rail historian Pete Hansen will talk about poetry, art and the history of the Pullman porters in the concourse of the “America I Am exhibit.” The exhibit features several artifacts highlighting Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for civil

rights. Register online at

SUNDAY, JAN. 15 Methodist Ministers’ Fellowship ,

6 p.m., Jamison Memorial Temple C.M.E. Church, 3115 E. Linwood Blvd. Speaker, Bishop T. Larry Kirkland.

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church celebration,

3 p.m., 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. The Rev. Ronald Lindsay from Concord Fortress of Hope will be the main speaker and the church choir will perform.

MONDAY, JAN. 16 Jan. 16 Alpha Phi Alpha 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast,

7 a.m., Beta Lambda Educational Institute building, 2915 Swope Parkway. Featured speaker, longtime Kansas City entrepreneur Sam West. Free continental breakfast. Musical and spoken-word performances.

MidAmerica Nazarene University annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast ,

8-10 a.m., Bell Cultural Events Center, MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2030 E. College Way, Olathe. Theme is “Servant Leadership: Following Dr. King’s Example.” Featured speaker, the Rev. Elmer L. Gillett, director of Black Ministries for the Church of the Nazarene. Musical and dance performances. Info, 913-971-3391 or

Co mmunity f orum

SCLC-KC, 3:30 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church, 3530 Chelsea Drive.

Youth and Unity parade/march/rally

SCLC-KC, 10 a.m., Bethel AME Church, 2329 Flora Ave.

M ass C elebration

SCLC-KC, 6 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church, 3530 Chelsea Drive. Speaker, Thomas Dortch Jr., chairman emeritus, 100 Black Men.

The Bonner Springs an d Edwardsville Martin Luther King c elebration ,

1 p.m., First Christian Church, 148 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs. The theme is “I Have A Dream-We Are The Dream.” Keynote speaker, Melva Jarrett, Christ First Ministries. Donations welcome. 913-709-8662

“Occupy the dream: Dr. King on Economic Justice and the Occupy Wall Street Movement ,

a panel of community leaders will discuss how the civil rights movement achieved greater social justice; and prospects for social and economic justice from the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, 3:30-5 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church, 3530 Chelsea Drive.

Northland’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration,

10 a.m., John Gano Memorial Chapel, William Jewell College. Patricia Okonta, Liberty High School alumna and Yale University student is the featured speaker. Campus and community leaders will be honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. community service award and the William Jewell College Concert Choir will perform.

Doug Talley Quartet Westport Center for the Arts brown bag concert ,

12:10 p.m., Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St.

The Independence Ministerial Alliance and the Community of Concerned Citizens, in partnership with the c ity of Independence :

“The Man, The Times, The People.” 7 p.m. at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple. Keynote speaker, Dred Scott, deputy superintendent of the Independence School District. Musical performances.

Kansas City, Kan ., Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration ,

“Moving Forward With The Dream,” 11 a.m. Jack Reardon Civic Center, Fifth Street and Minnesota Ave. Keynote speaker the Rev. Major Lewis Jemison of St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, Okla. Musical performances. The annual

Motorcade For Hunger

will depart at 10 a.m. from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church parking lot, 5th Richmond Avenue and will arrive at the Jack Reardon Civic Center by 11 a.m.

The Salvation Army’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration ,

11 a.m., Adult Rehabilitation Center, 1351 E. 10th St. The theme of the praise and worship service honoring the life and legacy of the civil rights leader is “Freedom in Christ Jesus.”