MLK Day 2020: Celebrate & Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day is dedicated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a young preacher who devoted his life to “freedom and justice for all.”

On the third Monday of every year, we take time to honor his legacy. This year, the holiday will be observed on Monday, January 20th 2020.

Honor Dr. King with your family on MLK Day 2020. Take a look…

Celebrate MLK Day 2019


MLK Day Events 2020: Volunteering & Family Time

Many people consider MLK Day a holiday to be “A Day On, Not A Day Off.  As such, many people set this day aside to participate in community service projects.

> Cleaver Family YMCA Martin King Jr. Day of Service 

Cleaver Family YMCA: 7000 Troost Kansas City, Missouri 64131

9 am to Noon on Monday, January 20th, 2020.

The YMCA hosts opportunities for your entire family to volunteer together!

You can come and go from the event whenever is convenient for your family. Your efforts will help organizations such as Bed of Bags, KC Hospice and Palliative Care, KC Pet Project & more!
This event is family friendly and children of all ages are welcome.


> Linwood YMCA Day of Service

Linwood YMCA

Noon to 4 pm on Monday, January 20th, 2020.

Kids and families can volunteer together during this day of service. There are items you can bring to donate to create hygiene kits for communities in need, or make sandwiches to be given out to those who need in the community. 

You will receive lunch while you are volunteering. 


> MLK Day Celebration with Gem Theater

Gem Theater: 1615 East 18th Street Kansas City, MO 64108

3 pm to 6 pm on Monday, January 20th, 2020.

This MLK Day event will show a documentary, “It Is Well”, which highlights Rev. B. R. Mitchell, Jr.’s accomplishments throughout his life. This film will inspire your family  to see things from different points of view, so you don’t want to miss this family MLK Day event!


> City Year Kansas City Day of Service

You can also volunteer at Kansas City’s Day of Service. Kansas Citians will volunteer alongside the AmeriCorps across the city.

Register your family online now! Kick off begins at 8 am on Monday the 20th.

Kids can participate in things like creating murals inside middle schools. Come make the community a better place!


> Teen Community Service Day

NourishKC: 11 East 40th Street Kansas City, MO 64111

8 am to 3 pm on Monday, January 20th, 2020.

Teen girls 14 to 19 years old can take part in this community service day, with lunch included. You will get additional info after you register. Lunch will also be included in this MLK Day celebration!


> Day of Service with Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College: 3200 Broadway Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111

8 am to 5 pm on Monday, January 20th, 2020.

This MLK Day of Service will take place throughout the metro on January 18th & 20th. Explore online the different volunteer options available. There are many! 


Take a Walk! 

Begins at Martin Luther King Jr. Square, Swope Parkway & Woodland Ave.

1 pm to 4 pm on Monday, January 20th, 2020.

Join the 6th Annual MLK Day Nature Walk with KC Parks & Rec! Get active with your family and celebrate someone who was very active in his community. 

This is a 2.5 mile walk that is open to all-ages. So, bring the whole family!


Celebrate MLK Day 2019 with the Community

College Church of the Nazarene: 2020 E. Sheridan Olathe, KS

Begins at 9:30 am

MNU is hosting an MLK Day Community Celebration, so head on over Tuesday, January 21st to hear Dr. Bobby L. Love speak. The university will also present the Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award. This free event starts at 9:30 am. A great educational event for older kids.


Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City also commemorates the holiday with nearly two weeks’ worth events.

The celebration lasts from January 12th to January 21st with events happening throughout the week. You can check the MLK event schedule online. The community mass is on January 21st at 3:30 & 6 pm.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

Pierson Auditorium: 5000 Holmes St. Kansas City, MO 64110

Doors at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

UMKC annually hosts an MLK lecture series– this year featuring Dr. Harry Edwards. You must register for the event before – there is a fee. 


What’s Closed on MLK Day? 

MLK Day has been a national holiday for over 30 years.

As, with national holidays most banks and post offices around the country are closed. Markets are closed for trading. Many of your children will not have school on this Monday either. Most stores will be open. 

MLK Day = Family Time!

Stores and places to eat throughout KC will be open though.

..use this as a FAMILY DAY!

Spend some quality time with your kiddos if you are lucky enough to have off work…

There are also other events that honor Martin Luther King Jr. such as the 2019 Black Achievers Dinner, which is hosted by an organization MLK founded.

From our family to yours, iFamilyKC. 

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