MLK Day 2022: Events in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL – On April 16, 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. began writing his “letter from Birmingham Jail,” at the Birmingham City Jail at 425 6th Ave S., where he was incarcerated for violating an injunction banning civil rights protests in the city.

In his letter, believed to be one of the civil rights leader’s letters most important writings, King wrote a response to a handful of Alabama’s top white religious leaders who issued a public statement questioning the motives and methods of the King-led protests in the city.

Fifty-nine years later, and nearly 54 years after King’s murder, the nation, the city of Birmingham and the state of Alabama will celebrate King this weekend, including Monday’s federal holiday.

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Here are some of the local events celebrating the life of MLK:

Saturday

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Sixth Annual MLK Day 5K Drum Race: This fun run features drumlines from Birmingham area schools and organizations who will line up along the course to keep the beat going as runners and walkers move on. Each drumline will receive a donation to their band booster association through the nonprofit The Leftover Energy Foundation Inc.

When: 7 a.m. On Saturday. 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. fun run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Where: The Fourth Avenue Historic District/Historic Park, 1700 4th Avenue North

Cost: Registration is $35 in advance, $40 at the event

Sunday

Salt Lake City Stars at Birmingham Squadron, A celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: The Squadron, the NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans, will commemorate Dr. King and other civil rights activists throughout Match. Additionally, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will honor Bishop Calvin Wallace Woods in the field. Woods participated in the March on Washington and co-founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR). The game will be broadcast live nationwide on NBA TV.

When: The game starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Legacy Arena at BJCC, 1898 9th Ave. No.

Tickets: Available on the Birmingham Squadron website.

Monday

Unit breakfast. The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast will feature Grammy-winning rapper, actor and activist Killer Mike as a guest speaker. The event supports the MLK Scholarship Essay program for Birmingham-area high school students. The breakfast will also feature the MLK Unity Breakfast Choir.

When: Doors open at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, event starts at 7 a.m.

Where: BJCC North Exhibition Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Junior Blvd.

Tickets: $50 and can be purchased at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at 610 19th Street North, second floor.

King Day Festivities at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute: Free gallery tours, live performances and virtual programs.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

Where: 520 16th St N.

MLK United Way Day of Service: Over the past 21 years, the citizens of Birmingham and surrounding areas have come out in their thousands to give back to their community on MLK Jr. Day of Service. They have renovated schools, built homes for the needy, fed the destitute -sheltered, cleaned up quarters and socialized with the elderly.

When: Saturday and Monday

Where: Various service projects around Birmingham

MLK’s Beloved Community: A day of service sponsored by the UAB Leadership and Service Council, Live HealthSmart Alabama, Protective Lif and the Woodlawn Foundation, the beloved community of MLK honors the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event provides an opportunity for UAB students to join forces with the citizens of Birmingham to empower and strengthen the community through service, bringing us closer to Dr. King’s global vision of a “Beloved Community”.

When: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Volunteers will gather for service at 10:00 a.m. at Protection Stadium.

Registration: Pre-registration is mandatory via BlazerPulse. For more information about the event and disability accommodations, contact [email protected] or call 205.934.8020.

4th Annual MLK Day Habitat Restoration Day at WE Putnam Middle School: Join Alabama Audubon for a morning of outdoor work and service at the Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve at WE Putnam Middle School in Birmingham.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday

Where: WE Putnam Middle School, 1757 Montclair Rd., Birmingham

Give More Love to the Service Day Virtual Workshop: Birmingham poet and author Seneca Wilson will host a free Martin Luther King Jr. Day virtual empowerment workshop, which will help high school and college students understand the importance of being a leader and giving back. their communities

When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday

Where: Online, open to the first 100 students who Register online.

MLK Food Drive with Birmingham Zoo Half Admission: Birmingham Zoo invites the community to give back to those in need in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. By donating any non-perishable or canned food in support of the Central Alabama Food Drive Zoo’s Community Food Bank, visitors will receive half-price admission. Customers must bring one item per person to receive the discount.

When: Monday

Where: Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham

Tickets: $8 (plus tax) for adults, $7 (plus tax) for seniors 65+ and military, and $5.50 (plus tax) for children 2-12 years old. Children under 2 years old are free.

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