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What to do on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Austin

Monday, Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which happens to fall on King’s actual birthday this year. To honor the civil rights hero, groups and businesses around town are hosting special events.

Here are a few:

Thursday, Jan. 11

13th annual MLK Children’s Oratory Competition at St. James Episcopal Church. Students from various elementary schools and academies will compete in a five-minute theme based on the speech “As we continue with the legacy of Dr. King and if he were alive today, what dream would you personally discuss with him to promote and deliver to the people of the world in hopes of creating a better place for everyone to live in?” 

Friday, Jan. 12

MLK Day film screening at George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Starting at 11 a.m., the museum will screen “King: Go Beyond The Dream to Discover the Man,” “Eyes on the Prize: Vol. 5, Power! (1966-1969). The Promised Land (1967-1968) America's Civil Rights Movement” and “Selma.” 

Sunday, Jan. 14

MLK’s birthday celebration, Selma screening and fundraiser at Slab BBQ and Beer. Nonprofit BRAVE Communities is hosting a screening of “Selma” followed by a panel discussion of how to make Austin a more inclusive city.

2018 MLK Celebration: The Science of Black Excellence at George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. A program featuring a keynote message by Bro. Nuri Muhammad, the Indianapolis representative of the nation of Islam, will honor King’s lecacy.

Monday, Jan. 15

25th Annual MLK Community March, Rally and Cultural Festival starting at the University of Texas at Austin. The march will move from the MLK statue on campus to the south steps of the Texas State Capitol for a short program, then moves on to Huston Tillotson University for more programs and activities.

Free admission on MLK Day at the LBJ Presidential Library. Free admission for all visitors, all day.

See all MLK Day events here.

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