Honoring Dr. King

In Evansville, opportunities abound to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. From children’s activities to concerts and keynotes, find your way to honor the civil rights leader.

Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt
Jan. 3-19, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Red Bank, 120 S. Red Bank Road
Search for hidden clues around the library and earn a prize.

MLK Jr. Activity Pack
Jan. 8-20, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library West, 2000 W. Franklin St.
Pick up an activity packet exploring the civil rights leader’s legacy.

Hooray for MLK!
Jan. 10-20, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Oaklyn, 3001 Oaklyn Drive
The children’s area sets up for King Day activities.

MLKJR Storytime
10-11 a.m. Jan. 12, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library McCollough at Washington Square Mall, 5001 Washington Ave.
Families are invited to this MLK-centric storytime that is both entertaining and informational.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.
3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library North Park, 960 Koehler Drive
See the award-winning film “Selma,” depicting 1965’s fraught voting rights marches that King helped organize in the staunchly segregationist Alabama city.

MLK Beyond the Mountain Top Weekend Celebration
7 p.m. Jan. 12, Victory Theatre, 600 Main St.
2-6 p.m. Jan. 13, C.K. Newsome Community Center, 100 E. Walnut St.
This weekend-long celebration features speakers, local musicians, and more festivities.

Free Tour Day
Jan. 15, Community House No. 2, 410 N. Main St., New Harmony, Indiana
Don’t miss out on a free walking tour of New Harmony’s historic Utopian community.

Free Day
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 15, Angel Mounds State Historic Site, 8215 Pollack Ave.
Angel Mounds is granting visitors free admission. The visitors’ center remains closed for renovations.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15, University of Southern Indiana University Center East Carter Hall, 8600 University Blvd.
Maj. Gen. Barrye L. Price headlines USI’s annual ceremony. Tickets are $45 for the public and $35 for USI students and employees.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Annual Celebration
Jan. 13-20, University of Evansville campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave.
UE hosts daily events on campus such as rallies, marches, and community gatherings.

William G. and Rose M. Mays Lectureship and Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 17, University of Evansville Ridgway University Center Eykamp Hall, 1800 Lincoln Ave.
Nyle Fort delivers a keynote address on social justice issues, movements, and more. Register online; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Southern Indiana Mentoring Academy MLK Event
noon Jan. 18, Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Auditorium, 3501 N. First Ave.
Meet with SIMA members about the academy’s mentorship program at this free event.

In His Own Words: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 29, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Stringtown Meeting Room, 2100 Stringtown Road
This kicks off the “In Their Own Words” series, in which attendees can listen to famous orators and participate in a discussion.

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Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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