MLK, Jr. Day Events in Austin

Although it seems as though the kids just went back to school, we will be taking a day off on Monday, January 18, 2016 to commemorate the life and good works of Martin Luther King, Jr. Below are some events and volunteer activities planned in the greater Austin area.

MLK Day Events

MLK Oratory Competition

When: Thursday, Janaury 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Where: St. James Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Road.

Oratory Finalists will compete in a five-minute speech based on the theme, “As we continue with the legacy of Dr. King and if he were alive today, what dream would you personally discuss with him to promote and deliver to the people of the world in hopes of creating a better place for everyone to live in?” These inspiring young speakers will compete by delivering personally written speeches commemorating Dr. King’s legacy of peace and unity.


Remembering Martin Luther King Film Screening

Where: George Washing Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street

When: Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Several films, including: King – Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man, Eyes on the Prize: Vol. 5, Power!, Selma, and more. FREE and open to the public.

8th Annual Peace Through Pie Social

When: Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 1725 W. 11th Street in Clarksville

From 1:30-3 p.m., celebrate MLK’s birthday with music by Bells of Joy & Church Choir, and read excerpts from the “I Have a Dream” speech. From 3-4:30 p.m., enjoy pie with friends and neighbors. Guests are encouraged to bring a pie or two to share or donate to the pie auction.

Day of Service

When: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Where: Projects located throughout Austin area

United Way for Greater Austin and Hands on Central Texas invite you to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service. Each January, hundreds of volunteers come together to complete community improvement projects throughout Austin. We hope you’ll join us this year to participate in service in honor of Dr. King. Please join us and bring friends, family and co-workers. We can change the course of Austin’s future, and it starts with service. The MLK Holiday is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all, a day of service supporting your community. It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, beautifying parks, and much more.

MLK March and Festival

AdvertisementWhere: The University of Texas at Austin, 305 E 23rd Street

When: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 9 a.m.

The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. We will then march to the south steps of the State Capitol for a short program and marchers will continue on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.


The MLK Community Festival kicks off as soon the marchers arrive on location and will last until 3 p.m.; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever!

Food Drive

This year, we are asking marchers to help by donating can goods or non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Help to give to those in need by helping the Capital Area Food Bank fill their shelves with non-perishable food items. “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Donation receptacles will be available at The University of Texas and the Capitol, while the march is in those locations. Receptacles will also be available at the festival at Huston-Tillotson University.

Free Admission to LBJ Presidential Museum

The LBJ Presidential Library is one of thirteen Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses 45 million pages of historical documents which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and those of his close associates. The Museum generally charges admission, but to ensure that President Johnson’s wish for the library to “be available to all”, entrance fees are waived on several days during the year, including MLK Day. Hours: 9am-5pm.

United Way Day of Service Williamson County

When: Monday, January 18, 2016, from 9 a.m. – noon

Where: Projects available in Bartlett, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Round Rock and Taylor.

The United Way of Williamson County Day of Service is for teens and adults. Call 512-255-6799 for more information.

Urban Roots

Urban Roots will be holding two Mornings of Service on the farm in honor of Dr. King’s legacy. Volunteers can expect to be outdoors the entire time doing physical work on the farm. These will be fun and educational days for all.

  • MLK Saturday, Jan 16th, 9:00am – 12:00pm | RSVP required, please register here
  • MLK Monday, Jan 18th, 9:00am – 12:00pm | RSVP required, please register here

Amala Foundation and American Youth Works Day of Service

When: Monday, January 18, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Montopolis Park, 901 Vasquez Street

For our next Service Day, One Village will be uniting with American Youthworks to celebrate and honor the legacy of MLK through a joint service project at Montopolis Park. Join us as we clean up the park and do some trail work. We will close the day with a circle and some lunch. All are welcome to attend. Afterwards, you will have to option of going to Huston-Tillotson to enjoy and take part in their MLK Day celebration from 1-3pm. Note: Please wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and bring a water bottle.

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