21 MLK Day events in Birmingham January 16-23

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo via Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Facebook

While Martin Luther King Day holds significance for the entire country, so much Civil Rights history happened right here in Birmingham. Monday, January 18 is the official holiday, and has become a day for people to give back to their community. Throughout the weekend, there are opportunities to serve, learn, move, shop and even head to the Zoo as a way to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Keep reading to find out about all the MLK Day events we found from January 16-23.

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Join United Way for MLK Day of Service + continue a nearly two-decade-long tradition

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Previous MLK Day of Service projects brought in 1,000-2,000 volunteers each year to help the Greater Birmingham community. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama, taken pre-COVID19

For nearly two decades, volunteers across Birmingham have built up vulnerable parts of our community through hands-on service projects. See why participating during United Way of Central Alabama’s (UWCA) MLK Day of Service is a tradition you’ll wish you were a part of sooner. Sign up today for service events taking place Saturday, January 16 and Monday, January 18.

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Stick to your resolution with these virtual 5Ks in Birmingham

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Running for a cause. Photo via Rumpshaker 5K’s Facebook

Staying healthy is a top priority right now. Vaccines are here for healthcare workers, but there is more to keeping your health up and staying safe. Eating well and exercising are essential to staying well and feeling good. Birmingham has several virtual 5Ks to get you moving while supporting local causes.

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Jews and the Civil Rights Era: Birmingham (II &III)

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16th Street Baptist Church from the BCRI

If there were a pilgrimage essential to the American experience, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Birmingham, Alabama would be it. Disney after a Superbowl is nice and all, and St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago sounds, well, however it is that sounds, but if we’re talking about places and events that define pride in place and heritage, that American optimism we all seek, if you’re looking for life in the places you only thought of as confined to history books and tearjerk-films, and if we’re going to be facing truths that are hard as the weathered faces looking out at the high school marching bands from the steps of 16th Street Baptist Church, you have to be in Birmingham.

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Jews and the Civil Rights Era: Selma (I)

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is tomorrow. This is the first part of two pieces recapping some of the Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Era.

Abraham J. Heschel and MLK Jr.

The history of the Jews in Alabama is one that is long, silent, and largely unrecognized. For one, the population of Jews has decreased by a large margin in the last three generations. Many left for Atlanta and Memphis, many stayed only as long as children weren’t in yeshivas (religious schools) before moving North, and many lost their Jewish identity for marriage, assimilation, the reasons go on and on. And while the journey of the Jews in the South is fascinating, I will be focusing only on the 1960s in Birmingham.

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