Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day | 2016 Events To Know In Nashville


Today is a day of recognizing the contributions of a truly prolific man who believed in the rights for all. It is also a day to give back, a day to think of someone other than yourself as Dr. King thought of us and gave his life for a dream we see manifesting today. Let’s not hit snooze to many times this morning but get out and do something to inspire, encourage, uplift or give back to someone else.  See what you can do today!

Monday, January 18, 2016



Realizing The Dream Presented by the New Hope Foundation featuring: Martin Luther King III and Dick Gregory

2:00pm – Music City Center, Grand Ballroom
201 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Unity Not Uniformity – Presented by the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship

8:30am – Morning Youth Program at Jefferson Street Baptist Church
9:00am – 2:00pm – Job Fair at TSU Gentry Center
10:00 am – March to TSU Gentry Center, starting at Jefferson Street Baptist Church
11:00am – Convocation at TSU Gentry Center

5K 4 MLK – Barefoot Republic Camp

Registration 7:00am – 8:00am
Race starts at 8:00am

East Park Community Center
600 Woodland St; Nashville, TN 37206

MLK Day at Vanderbilt University

Nashville Freedom March
10:00am – Leaves from The Ingram Commons at Murray Circle and Kirkland Circle (Breakfast Refreshments)

Nashville Freedom Ride
11:30am – Leaves from Branscomb Circle
Nashville Freedom Rider Kwame Lillard will conduct a tour of significant sites in the civil rights movement in Nashville.

11:30-11:45     • Students check in at Branscomb
12:00 p.m.         • Lunch at Ella Jeans Café (2116 Meharry Blvd., Nashville, TN)
1:00-4:00 p.m.  • Tour by Kwame Lillard and Sandra Brown

MLK Lunchtime Symposium
11:30 a.m – Student Life Center Board of Trust Room
Colorblindness Was Not the Dream: MLK, Black Lives Matter and the Struggle for Racial Equity by
Tim Wise

MLK Keynote Address + Candlelight Vigil

6:30 p.m – Candlelight Vigil

6:45 p.m – MLK Middle and High School Essay Contest Winners’ Recital and Nashville’s “Spoken Word”

7:00 p.m – MLK Keynote: Rev. James Lawson

Lawson, once dubbed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as “the leading nonviolence theorist in the world,” studied the Gandhian movement in India before becoming a leader in the civil rights movement. His life – including his student years at Vanderbilt – has been marked by an abiding faith in Christianity and non-violence, and a willingness to pay the price for those beliefs.

Lunch Counters and Sit-Ins: Nashville Civil Rights Movement – Gordon Jewish Community Center

11:30am – 1:30pm – Program will focus on the Nashville lunch-counter sit-ins with viewing of “A Force More Powerful,” a fim that looks at Rev. James Lawson’s efforts to teach non-violence techniques to African American college students.

Unity Day March – Gallatin, TN

12:00pm – start at Gallatin City Hall, ends at Gallatin High School with a Unity Day Program
1:00pm – Unity Day Program at Gallatin High School

Candlelight Vigil at Belmont University

7:00pm – Meet in Beaman Student Life Center Lobby

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