Love on Bham! Guide to Birmingham MLK Day events



Even though Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is officially celebrated on Monday, January 15, there are numerous activities and events throughout Birmingham celebrating the life of America’s greatest champion for civil rights.

MLK, Jr. Day has become more than just a federal holiday. Through countless day of service projects, it has become the one holiday people from all walks of life gather to “give back” to their community.

Check out Bham Now’s guide to MLK, Jr. events.

Saturday January 13

Hands On Birmingham –  The Magic City holds one the largest organized MLK Day of Service event for a city its size in the country. Beginning on Saturday, January 13,  and occurring throughout the week, Hands On Birmingham is enlisting over 1600 volunteers who will work on up to 40 community projects.  Learn how you can volunteer – HERE.

Birmingham United Way
MLK Day of Service, photo from Hands On Birmingham
Sunday, January 14

King Tribute Concert at the Alys Stephens Center –  Grammy winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will join choirs from Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University and Birmingham-Southern, Miles and Talladega colleges along with an orchestra conducted by UAB professor Henry Panion III for a King tribute concert at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at Jemison Concert Hall. Ticket prices for the concert range from $24 to $44. Tickets can be purchased by calling 975-2787.

The Blind Boys of Alabama. Photo via Facebook.
Monday, January 15

MLK Unity Breakfast at the BJCC  – The annual breakfast gets underway at 7 a.m. Monday with a performance by the MLK Unity Choir. This year’s keynote speaker will be newly elected Alabama Senator Doug Jones, a former federal prosecutor who secured convictions of two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Tickets cost $40 and are available at the BJCC ticket office  Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the breakfast, call Aaron Carlton at 585-6463.

Doug Jones and Congresswoman Terri Sewell, via Facebook

#LoveOnBham – District 5 City Councilman Darrell O’Quinn is helping people volunteer for the day, and asking people to share on social media people and places we love in Birmingham at #LoveOnBham

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – Free admission all day to the iconic Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The Institute is also seeking volunteers to help during the day.

Kelly Ingram Park/Alpha Phi Alpha  – Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will honor King during a wreath laying ceremony at the King statue in Kelly Ingram Park. A march in tribute to King will start in the park at 11 a.m.

MLK Statue at Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park

Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity  – JCCEO is  hosting a Community Day of Service Health Fair, 10 to 2,  at 801 46th St. North. Free flu shots, blood pressure screenings and eye checks will be among the services provided.

The Negro Southern League Museum – The Negro Southern League  Museum  is offering free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference – SCLC is holding a civil rights rally at Boutwell Auditorium at 12 p.m.  At 2 p.m. SCLC and Birmingham-area churches will feed the homeless and seniors during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love Feast. For more information on the feast, call 780-3515 or 324-8202.

Birmingham Alabama
Entrance at Kelly Ingram Park

Ballard House Project – A pop-up exhibit, “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy. Reframed and Exhibited” will be on display the entire week at the Ballard House from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m at 1420 Seventh Ave. North. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 16

15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture– On January 16, 6 p.m., the Avondale Library will be hosting Erin Mauldin of Samford University for a talk on environmental racism during “Begin the Day: The ” The lecture is free and open to the public.


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Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.