Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Austin

MLK March A: wall at MLK Memorial Park in Smithville displays the famous I have a dream speech of Martin Luther King Jr. MLK March SMI (1): Participants start Monday's MLK march from MLK Memorial Park in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (2): Youth help carry a banner proclaiming Let Freedom Ring during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march Monday in Smithville. Bastrop County s annual march rotates between Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (3): The MLK walk had a strong turnout of county residents Monday in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (4): Many youth, with their pets, enjoyed the MLK walk to the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (5): Lee Etta Washington (from front to back), Abilene Oliver, Johnnie Gentry and Josephine McGregor enjoy the program at the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (6) Marissa Hardeman prepares food packets for after the program at the Smithville Rec Center during Monday s Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (7): Youth say the Pledge of Allegiance to start off the program at the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (8): Joyous, spiritual songs were part of the MLK Day program in Smithville Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (9): Placards calling for stopping the execution of death-row inmate Rodney King were carried during the MLK Day parade Monday in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. 1-19-15 BASTROP ADVERTISER/SMITHVILLE TIMES

A wall at MLK Memorial Park in Smithville displays the famous I have a dream speech of Martin Luther King Jr. The Bastrop Advertiser.

MLK Community MarchThe triple-threat event of the holiday is a march, festival and food drive in one. Participants will meet at the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus for a short program before marching to the south steps of the State Capitol. Soon after, the group will continue to the campus of Huston-Tillotson University  to begin the festival. Local music and vendors highlight the festival’s offerings. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items! 9 a.m. Begins at 305 East 23rd Street, ends at 804 Chalmers Ave.

(Re)membering Martin Luther King Jr. The George Washington Carver museum hosts a series of screenings of films and documentaries about the life and influence of MLK. The marathon begins with “King – Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man” and ends with “Selma”. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.

“Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” screening. The National Black MBA Association Austin Chapter hosts a special screening of this Sundance featured film. Popcorn and parking are included in the price of a ticket. There will also be a mingling event held beforehand. $15 for members/$20 for non members. 7 p.m. Violet Crown Cinema, 434 West Second Street.

Peace Through Pie eventsRead Addie Broyles’ blog for more on these citywide pie fests.

Blood of the Martyrs Blood Drive.  The 13th annual blood drive sponsored by the Office of Black Catholics of the Diocese of Austin is an accessible way to give on this holiday. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The van will park at Chalmers Street between Eighth and 11th Streets on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University.


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