All events are in Kansas City unless otherwise noted.
Community luncheon with Maggie Anderson, author of “Our Black Year,” a book about her family’s effort to live a year buying only black-made products and using only services provided by black-owned companies. Noon, Sheraton Crown Center hotel, 2345 McGee St. $60. 816-241-8100 or www.sclckc.org
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Olathe: Theme is “Diminishing Fear,” linked to the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest in Montgomery, Ala. Speaker will be Cynthia Johnson. 6:30 p.m., Olathe Northwest High School, 21300 College Blvd.
Black Achievers’ Award Dinner: 7 p.m., Sheraton Crown Center hotel, 2345 McGee St. $75. 816-241-8100 or www.sclckc.org
Johnson County: Martin Luther King Jr. event at Blue Valley West High School, 16200 Antioch Road, Overland Park. Displays open at 1 p.m.; program at 2 p.m.
Raytown: Featuring community choir; speaker will be the Rev. John Wiley of the River Church. 3 p.m., Graceway, 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff.
Methodist Ministers Fellowship: With the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis. 6 p.m., Bethel AME Church, 2329 Flora Ave. 816-241-8100 or www.sclckc.org
Alpha Phi Alpha breakfast: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast with Michael McAfee, a Kansas City native and director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute in Oakland, Calif. 7:30 a.m., Beta Lambda Educational Institute, 2915 Swope Parkway. Free.
Northland celebration: Martin Luther King Jr. Day event with the Rev. Susan McCann, Grace Episcopal Church, and performances by the William Jewell Concert Choir, First Baptist Church Choir and Praise Dance — St. Luke AME youth. 10:30 a.m., John Gano Memorial Chapel at William Jewell College, Mill Street and R.E. Bowles Drive, Liberty.
Kansas City, Kan., Mass Celebration: Keynote speaker is the Rev. Forrest E. Harris, president of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn. 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 Avenue.
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.
Forum: “Changing Systems of Racism, Poverty and Militarism”; panel of community leaders. 3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2310 E. Linwood Blvd. 816-241-8100 or www.sclckc.org
Lee’s Summit: Theme is “Unity in Our Community.” Musical and dance performances and prayer, and KSHB news reporter Jenna Hanchard will speak. 5 p.m., Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray Road, Lee’s Summit. 816-969-1010 or www.cityofls.net
Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner: Honors Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn with the Legacy Award, other award recipients and student scholarship award winners, social at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., Overland Park Marriott, 10800 Metcalf Ave. $75. 816-920-7774
Mass Celebration: With U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. 6 p.m., Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2310 E. Linwood Blvd. 816-241-8100 or www.sclckc.org
Rockhurst University: Panel discussion, “Civility, Diversity and Accountability,” 6 p.m., St. Ignatius Science Center, Room 115, on the Rockhurst campus, 1100 Rockhurst Road. RSVP by Jan. 15 by emailing Alicia.email@example.com or by calling 816-501-4306.
Warrensburg: University of Central Missouri’s community praise and worship service, 6:30 p.m., Hendricks Hall. 660-543-4263
Independence: Theme is “Act Like You Care.” Keynote speaker is the Rev. Sam Mann, retired pastor after 40 years at St. Mark Union Church. 7 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 E. Maple Ave., Independence.
Ninth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, MidAmerica Nazarene University: Bob Shands, author of “In My Father’s House: Lessons Learned in the Home of a Civil Rights Pioneer,” will accept the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award on behalf of his father, the late Rev. O. Norman Shands, a key figure in the desegregation of Atlanta’s schools in 1961. 9:30 a.m., College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe.
Freedom Scholarship Dinner: Speaker will be Lucas Boyce, author and Orlando Magic director of business development and legislative affairs. 6:30 p.m., Elliott Student Union Ballroom, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Must buy tickets in advance. 660-543-4156
Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture: Poet Nikki Giovanni, “An Evening of Poetry, Love and Enlightenment,” 6 p.m., Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St. University of Missouri-Kansas City. Free. Q&A and book signing follows. Register at UMKC.edu/diversity.