Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Asheville

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with these local events and volunteer opportunities.

Art featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Peace Gardens

Meet here at the Peace Gardens to volunteer for the MLK Jr. Day of Service.

Photo by AVLtoday

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January — this year on Monday, Jan. 15. According to The King Center — a nonprofit founded by MLK, Jr.'s wife, Coretta Scott King, to continue Dr. King’s legacy — the strategic theme for this year is “Shifting the Cultural Climate through the Study and Practice of Kingian Nonviolence.”

If you’re looking to commemorate the day, here are five local events + volunteer opportunities:

Candlelight Service | Sunday, Jan. 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St., Asheville | The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association will honor community leaders and organizations paving the way for social justice.

Peace March and Rally | Monday, Jan. 15 | 11:30 a.m. | Various locations | The Association is hosting a service at St. James AME Church at 11:30 a.m. — at 12:30 p.m., attendees will march from the church to Pack Square Park.

MLK Jr. Day of Service | Monday, Jan. 15 | 11 a.m. | Peace Gardens, 47 Bryant St., Asheville | Work on various community projects in and around the Burton Street Neighborhood at this event hosted by Hood Huggers International + other local organizations— register to volunteer.

14th Annual Kenilworth Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | Monday, Jan. 15 | 6:30 p.m. | Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville | The topic of the event is “A Capital for Black Capitalism: Soul City, N.C. and its Unique Connection to Asheville,” with Floyd B. McKissick, Jr. Esq. delivering the keynote speech.

Note: Tickets for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association’s Annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 13 are sold out, but you can subscribe to the Association’s YouTube channel to be alerted when a taping of the event gets posted.