Celebrating MLK Day In Nashville

Note: January 15 events have been canceled or moved to virtual due to weather 

Nashville is preparing to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr day and the undeniable impact that he made in the fight for civil rights. We have created a list of activities, events, and volunteer opportunities happening over the next few days to celebrate his legacy and his dream for equality in 2024. The theme for this year’s MLK Day events: Why We Can’t Wait: Activating our Power for Justice and Equity presented by Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), which has organized the Nashville Celebration for MLK Day since 1989. Learn more here.

January 10 – Community Banner Day at Hadley Community Center

The community banner day will allow you to create banners for your group, family, and/or friends to march with on Martin Luther King Jr’s holiday. Supplies will be provided by Turnip Green Creative Reuse.

January 11 – IMF MLKDay Gala

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of live music, captivating performances and culinary delights to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in style.

January 12 – Labor + Human Rights Breakfast

This year’s Labor & Human Rights Breakfast will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as labor & human rights advocate and recognize advances in equity for present day labor & human rights. The featured Keynote Speaker will be Reverend Daryl G. Gray.

January 13 – Youth Symposium

Bring your youth out for a day of workshops around social justice, activism, and community.

January 13 – Intergenerational Panel

An intergenerational panel will discuss how their activism, knowledge, opportunities, and messaging have influenced their leadership and advocacy. This panel will be a part of the Youth Symposium at MLK Academic Magnet School.

January 13 – MLK Day Joint Day of Service in Nashville

Volunteers from American Baptist College, Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Meharry, Nashville State, Tennessee State University, Trevecca, and Vanderbilt, as well as other area colleges and universities, will join in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering together for the 13th Annual MLK Joint Day of service!

January 14 – The Power and Promise of Equitable Education

A moderated panel discussion focused on the faith African Americans have placed in education to obtain equity and freedom with black women leading prominent educational institutions in Nashville:

  • Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University
  • Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Dr. Shanna L. Jackson, President of Nashville State Community College

January 14 – Let Freedom Sing by the Nashville Symphony

The 31st annual Let Freedom Sing concert honors the life, legacy and triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Joined by tenor Rodrick Dixon and poet Wisdom Wright, the Nashville Symphony, Celebration Chorus, and Celebration Youth Chorus perform an inspiring selection of classical works, songs, Traditionals and more.

January 15 – MLK Day March at 7:30am

Join the community as they come together to pay homage to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his fight for social justice and civil rights by marching down Historic Jefferson Street to the Gentry Center.

January 15 – MLK Day Convocation at 10:00am

Finish your MLK Day celebration at the TSU Gentry Center hearing from renowned poet and activist, Nikki Giovanni.

January 15 – Vanderbilt’s MLK Day Commemorative Event

Khalil Ekulona, host of the Nashville Public Radio program This Is Nashville, will be the keynote speaker in the Sarratt Cinema which is open to the university community. The event will be live-streamed. The theme of this year’s MLK Day commemoration is “One Vanderbilt. One Nashville. One Dream.”

January 15 -Women’s Gymnastics MLK Invitational

The Fisk University Bulldogs will spearhead a historic gymnastics meet that will unite six African-American women head coaches for an unprecedented competition. This will be one event for the city to remember.

January 15 – MLK Day at NMAAM: Hearts + Drumbeats

Join the National Museum of African American Music as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nashville’s legacy through Heart and Drumbeats: Syncopation in the Civil Rights Movement and Beyond.  The day will include live performances from Pearl Cohn High School, Larysa Jaye, and Briana Boseman.

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