St. Louisans join Americans around the country in annual tributes to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events begin in early January and culminate on MLK Day in mid-January. Here is information on the various observances, celebrations, marches and other events to honor Dr. King.
There are also many other events and activities in St. Louis in January. For more information, check out January 2012 Events in St. Louis or Free Winter Events & Activities in the St. Louis Area.
The Black Rep Touring Company is performing a free show on the Saturday before MLK Day. "Wanted: A Few Good Men" honors American leaders like Dr. King, President Obama and Frederick Douglass. The show begins at noon at Dickerson Memorial Community Church at 957 Breckenridge Road in Breckenridge Hills. Admission is free, but everyone is asked to make reservations by calling the Black Rep Box Office at (314) 534-3810.
January 14, 2012
The public is invited to the Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis
at 10 a.m., for a special ceremony with speeches from local leaders. At 11 a.m., participants will march from the Old Courthouse to Powell Symphony Hall. The celebration will conclude with an interfaith service and concert at Powell Hall.January 16, 2012
Downtown St. Louis
The MLK Celebration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis begins at 10 a.m., at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The community celebration features speakers, musicians and performers paying tribute to Dr. King. There is also a special program for children. The event is free and open to the public.January 16, 2012
North St. Louis County
Washington University is hosting its 25th annual King Day celebration at 7 p.m. in Graham Chapel. The theme of this year's event is "Creating a Community of Access, Inclusion and Excellence for All … Fear is Not an Option." The celebration will include a keynote address from William H. Danforth. It will also feature performances by The Stereotypes, Visions Gospel Choir and Black Anthology. Also at the celebration, this year's Rosa Parks Award will be presented to Ron Himes, founder of The Black Rep.January 16, 2012
Washington University Campus
The Office of Diversity Programs at the Wash U. School of Medicine will host its annual King Day Lecture at the Eric P. Newman Education Center. This year's guest speaker is Melissa V. Harris-Perry, PhD. She is a professor of political science at Tulane University and the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. The lecture begins at 4 p.m.January 16, 2012
Central West End
Christ Church Cathedral at 13th and Locust in St. Louis is hosting a day-long observance of the life and legacy of Dr. King. The event will include readings of King's writings and speeches from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to join in and be readers at the celebration. Admission is free.
January 16, 2012
Downtown St. Louis