Thousands of people leave the south steps of the Texas State Capitol after listening to guest speakers and performers for the Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)

MLK Day of Service

On Saturday, Jan. 17, United Way for Greater Austin and Hands on Central Texas invite Austinites to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by serving the community with an opportunity to clean up MLK Boulevard, as well as indoor projects. The kick-off volunteer registration and breakfast is from 9-9:30 a.m. The clean up and other projects take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. J. J. Seabrook Park. More details.

America’s Sunday Supper and Peace through Pie Social

On Sunday, Jan. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway) invites people to an open conversation titled “Sincere Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity: A Conversation on Race, Privilege and Power.” Bring a savory or sweet pie to share. More details. 

MLK March, Festival and Food Drive

The march kicks off at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus, heading east to the Huston-Tillotson University campus where the community festival kicks off and lasts until 3 p.m. Marchers are asked to donate canned goods or non perishable food items to the Capital Area Food Bank. More details. 

“Blood of the Martyrs” Blood Drive

On Monday, Jan. 19, the diocesan Office of Black Catholics is sponsoring the 12th annual “Blood of the Martyrs” Blood Drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Blood and Tissue Center van will be parked on Chalmers Street between 8th and 11th streets on the Campus of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin to accommodate those who want to give blood from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, have a picture ID and provide a Social Security Number at the time they donate. More details.