“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may not have been a Memphian, but he cared for those in this city as if he were—and whether you use the day to reflect on the lessons he gave us or take action to build a better Memphis, MLK Day’s a great day to do good for Memphis.
Monday, January 17 (MLK Day)
MLK Service Day Brought to You By Volunteer Odyssey and the Wolf River Conservancy (10AM-12PM)
The Wolf River Conservancy is honoring Dr. MLK’s legacy by bringing folks together to beautify the Raleigh neighborhood along the Wolf River Greenway. Volunteers will be expanding unpaved trails, clearing streets of litter and debris, removing nonnative invasive plant species, and other on-site projects.
Even though the folks at the National Civil Rights Museum have had to pivot from their usual King Day programming, they’ve still planned a celebration that’s packed with meaningful moments.
- Enjoy free admission to the museum from 8AM-6PM
- Make sure to adhere to the covid protocols listed on their website.
- The virtual celebration will include performances by Memphis musicians Garry Goin, TykeT, Karen Brown, and many more—plus spoken word by Writeous Soul, and a DJ set from Museum educator and historian Ryan Jones.
- The Mid-South Food Bank will be on the scene collecting non-perishable items.
- Give the gift of life as the Vitalant Blood Drive will be on site from 8AM-4PM to receive blood donations.
- Small but Mighty with Dory Lerner will share ideas for children and families to remember Dr. King, his character, and the virtues he taught around love, peace, and justice.
Martin Luther King Jr. Recruitment Fair at the Memphis Grizzlies Game @ 2:30PM
Want to play a part in mentoring the young minds who will lead like Martin Luther Kind did? Hit up the Grizzlies game where MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies (MMG) will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Recruitment Fair through the first half of the game, recruiting mentors for their respective programs.
MLK Race for Reconciliation @ Noon
Hit the ground running during a Race 4 Reconciliation to showcase the dream of unity is alive in Memphis.
Portions of the proceeds will benefit:
- ARISE2Read Reading Improvement Program
- STS Enterprise Future Leadership Development
- Upskill901 Career Development Opportunity
- The National Civil Rights Museum
Volunteer Memphis MLK Days of Service (Thursday, January 13 – Monday, January 17)
Volunteer Memphis invites you to join them as they take to the city during their 6th annual MLK Days of Service. From neighborhood cleanups and blood drives to providing literary aid and gardening assistance, there are five full days of opportunities for you to “Care Like King.”
MLK Service Day Brought to You By Clean Memphis and Volunteer Odyssey (Friday, January 14 – Monday, January 17)
In partnership with the SCRATCH Foundation, CodeCrew is joining forces with Mentor Memphis Grizzlies and Mentor National to demystify “code,” and show that anybody can learn the basics as they work to broaden participation in the field of computer science.
Looking for more ways to honor the day?
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.