Four ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. this week in Lawrence

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Martin Luther King speaks in Atlanta in 1960. (AP Photo)

Lawrence’s annual weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. will include a lecture on Emmett Till, a second line band march at KU and music from the St. Luke AME Baptist church at New York Elementary’s MLK Chili Feed.

Here’s a schedule of some of the events for this week:

Monday, Jan. 20

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast

This year, the annual breakfast will feature keynote speaker Dave Tell, a communications professor at the University of Kansas. Tell made headlines this year for his book “Remembering Emmett Till,” which outlines how the story of Till’s lynching has shifted over time and how Till’s murder has become an economic driver in the Mississippi Delta.

The breakfast will also feature music from singer Vanessa Thomas. It is being hosted by the Ecumenical Fellowship of Lawrence and the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club.

Tickets to the event, which begins at 7:30 a.m., are $10. The breakfast will be hosted at Maceli’s Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire St.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Second line band march at KU

KU will host a New Orleans-style second line band march along Jayhawk Boulevard. The event will start under the rotunda in Strong Hall with remarks from university leadership. Participants will then march to the Kansas Union, where they will hear closing remarks from Jennifer Ng, interim vice provost for diversity and equity.

Following the march, round-table discussions will be held in the union’s Big 12 Room. Topics will include King’s opposition to the Vietnam War and his fight against poverty, segregation and joblessness.

The event will begin at 12:15 p.m. inside Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Boulevard.

New York Elementary MLK Chili Feed

New York Elementary’s annual MLK Chili Feed is a public dinner with music from the school’s honor choir and the St. Luke AME Baptist Church.

The school is looking for people to donate chili or desserts. If you’re interested, you can contact the school at 785-832-5780.

The dinner is free, but donations will be accepted. It will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Lawrence Public Schools One Dream MLK Celebration

This event put on by Lawrence Public Schools will include cultural performances, educational presentations and the district’s annual MLK Awards, in which students, staff and community members will be recognized. A step team will be one of the featured performance groups.

A gallery exhibition, which will feature student projects about King, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Billy Mills Middle School, 2734 Louisiana St. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, according to the event’s Facebook page.


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