Upcoming Events

Jan. 15 Community Luncheon:

CBS News commentator Nancy Giles will speak, 11 a.m., Downtown Marriott Imperial Ballroom, 12th and Wyandotte. $60. 816-241-8100 or

Jan. 17 Black Achievers’ Award Dinner:

7 p.m., Downtown Marriott Count Basie Ballroom, 12th and Wyandotte. $75. 816-241-8100 or

Jan. 19 Johnson County celebration:

21st annual community program, presented by the Johnson County King Committee Inc. and the Johnson County NAACP. UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton will speak. Displays open at 1 p.m., followed by program at 2 p.m., Blue Valley West High School, 16200 Antioch Road, Overland Park.

11th annual State Celebration:

6:30 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church, 5540 Wayne Ave., with the Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, former Jackson County Judge Jon R. Gray and musical tributes. Bring a canned good or non-perishable item for food drive.

Jan. 20 Community service:

6 p.m., First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 N.W. 15th St.

Jan. 21
15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast:

7 a.m., sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha at the Beta Lambda Educational Institute building, 2915 Swope Parkway, with Kansas City pastor and evangelist Darron Edwards. Free.

Youth Parade Rally:

From Paseo and Truman Road to Bethel Square, 2329 Flora Ave., 11 a.m. Theme is “One Heart, One Mind, One Spirit Celebrating Unity Through Diversity.” Thirty-five minute march followed by indoor celebration. To volunteer, march or contribute, call the Rev. Spencer Booker at 816-891-1707 or 816-231-3555.

Kansas City Art Institute:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium, 4415 Warwick Blvd. Free program starts with film, “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Perspective,” followed at noon by speakers including journalist and educator Charles Coulter and music by St. Therese Little Flower gospel choir. Birthday cake and punch provided, along with free lapel buttons honoring King and Black History Month.

Kansas City, Kan., Mass Celebration:

The Rev. Damon Lynch Jr. of Cincinnati will speak, 11 a.m. Jack Reardon Civic Center, 5th Street and Minnesota Avenue. Preceded by Motorcade/March for Hunger, departing at 10 a.m. from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 5th Street and Richmond Avenue, to the Reardon center for the mass celebration, where more than $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors.

Northland celebration:

William Jewell College hosts 29th annual event, 1 p.m. in the John Gano Memorial Chapel on campus, 500 College Hill, Liberty. The speaker will be radio host, author and retired educator Carl Boyd. Reception follows in Yates-Gill College Union. Free.

Community forum:

3:30 p.m., St. Stephen Baptist Church, 1414 E. Truman Road.

Kansas City Mass Celebration:

André Butler, executive vice president of the Boys Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, will speak. Attendees are encouraged to bring toiletries to support the local clubs, 6 p.m., St. Stephen Baptist Church, 1414 E. Truman Road.

Jazz concert:

The Doug Talley Quartet performs, with compositions by African-American jazz greats and audience sing-along of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” noon, Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., followed by reception. Free, donations welcome.

9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner:

Honoring civil leader James B. Nutter and student scholarship award winners, Overland Park Marriott Hotel, 10800 Metcalf Ave. Social at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and program at 7. Co-sponsored by Olathe NAACP. $75. Call 816-920-7774 and mail a check payable to the Martin Luther King Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee at P.O. Box 270691, Kansas City MO 64127.

Lee’s Summit community-wide celebration:

6 p.m., The Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray Road, with pre-show and reception, and performances by local music and school groups.

26th annual Independence observance:

7 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 E. Maple Ave., with program titled “Dr. King Speaks through Our Young People.” The Chris Kelly Praise Dancers will perform. Public invited.

Jan. 22 MidAmerica Nazarene University:

Seventh annual King community celebration, 9:30 a.m., College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe. Chris Powers, coordinator for diversity and cultural competency at MNU, will speak, and the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award will be presented to the Rev. Alice Piggee-Wallack, who has worked in the urban core. Free.

Jan. 26 “The Meeting:”

Kansas City actors Walter Coppage and Tosin Morohunfola portray Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in an imagined meeting of the two civil rights leaders, 2 p.m., Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E. 17th Terrace. Presented by the Westport Center for the Arts by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. of New York.