10 events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Birmingham on Monday, January 21

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MLK Day celebrates the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Check out these Birmingham events commemorating the federal holiday on Monday, January 21.

I am the Dream: MLK Holiday Observance

Where: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 520 16th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 9AM-5PM
Price: FREE

On Monday, January 21, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will host an “I am the Dream: MLK Holiday Observance” with a full day of programming with activities for all ages, including:

  • Live performances
  • Music
  • Games
  • Giveaways

You can also tour the institutes permanent exhibits and test your Civil Rights history knowledge for your chance to win a prize during a Jeopardy game.

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast

Where: BJCC. 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Mon., Jan. 21
Time: 7-10AM
Admission: Price varies

Photo via Unity Breakfast on Facebook

Did you know that the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast is Birmingham’s largest forum to celebrate racial reconciliation, educate today’s youth and nurture a vision of communities without poverty?

During the breakfast, information will be provided to benefit community and nonprofit leaders seeking resources for their constituents.

The breakfast also serves as a support event for the annual MLK Scholarship Essay program that provides direct scholarships to high school students throughout Birmingham.

MLK Day Habitat Restoration

Where: W.E. Putnam Middle School. 1757 Montclair Rd., Birmingham, AL 35210
Date: Mon., Jan. 21
Time: 9AM-1PM
Price: FREE
Requirements: All ages are welcome. If you have pruning shears, pruning saws, loppers and work gloves, consider bringing them along to use or share.

The Birmingham Audubon Society and Jones Valley Teaching Farm are joining together this MLK Day for a morning of outdoor work and service at W.E. Putnam Middle School. And they’d love your help!

During this day of service, volunteers will help clean up the 10-acre property of W.E. Putnam Middle School to help improve breeding conditions for the school’s resident nuthatch population.

Annual Resolute Running MLK Run

Where: Railroad Park. 1600 1st Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Mon., Jan. 21
Time: 7-10AM

Resolute Running coaches. Photo via Resolute Running

Join Resolute Running for the 6th annual three-mile MLK Day Run. During the run, travel through Civil Rights history as you stop at key landmarks and sites to discuss their significance in the Civil Rights Movement and Birmingham history.

Zoo Food Drive

Where: Birmingham Zoo. 2630 Cabaha Rd., Birmingham, AL 35223
Date: Mon., Jan. 21
Time: 9AM-5PM
Half-off admission when you bring a non-perishable or canned food item.

Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

The Birmingham Zoo and the Community Food Bank or Central Alabama are teaming up for a Food Drive in honor MLK Jr. Day.

On Monday, January 21, enjoy half-priced admission when you bring a non-perishable or canned food item. While at the zoo,

  • Watch a sea lion demonstration
  • Ride the Red Diamond Express and the Protective Life Carousel
  • And more!

Student Athlete Run

Where: The Crossplex. 2331 Bessemer Rd., Birmingham, AL 35208
Time: 9AM
Price: Adults – $10; Seniors (65+) – $5; Students – FREE
Parking: $5

Photo via Birmingham Crossplex

On Monday, January 21, more than 2,000 high school student athletes will compete in the MLK Invitational. Hosted by Birmingham City Schools, this is one of the most highly-anticipated track meets of the year.

Participating schools, include:

  • Bham City Schools
  • Bob Jones
  • Hoover
  • Mountain Brook
  • Smiths Station
  • Spain Park
  • Vestavia Hills
  • John Carroll

MLK Day Service with Hands On Birmingham

Photo via Hands On Birmingham

For 19 years, citizens of Birmingham (and surrounding areas) have come together to give back to the community for Hands On Birmingham’s annual MLK Jr. Day of Service. Projects have included:

  • Refurbishing schools
  • Building homes for the needy
  • Feeding the homeless
  • Cleaning up neighborhoods
  • Socializing with seniors

This year, on Monday, January 21, Hands on Birmingham is seeking volunteers for a variety of projects. Check ’em out below and sign up to volunteer!

Photo via Hands On Birmingham

Collegeville Community Center Spruce Up

Address: 3029 29th Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35207
Time: 10AM-12PM

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve Tree Plantings/Removings

Where: Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. 1214 81st St. S., Birmingham, Al 35206
Mon., Jan. 21
Time: 1-4PM

Photo via Hands On Birmingham

Turkey Creek Clean Up/Planting

Where: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Pinson, AL 35216
Date: Mon., Jan. 21
Requirements: Ages 18+ (ages 13+ can volunteer with an adult)

North Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Socializing

Where: Birmingham, AL 35217
Time: 2-3:30PM

What other Martin Luther King Jr. Day events are happening in Birmingham? Let us know!

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