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2018 MLK Day Community Events

3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7   

Johnson County Community College, Carlson Center Yardley Hall

Ryan M. Jones

MLK50 event flier imageMLK 50th Anniversary
Commemorating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
One Man / One Dream / One Hope / One Theme

Keynote speaker: Ryan M. Jones, historian, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis
Event includes:  Storling Dance Theatre, William Baker Festival Singers, Mr. Galen Gaut
and Dr. Cynthia “Mama J” Johnson

No cost to attend. More information about the event in attached flier.

Jan. 8 to Feb. 28

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Johnson County Museum: Hidden Stories from Johnson County’s African American Community

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, the museum is mounting an interactive multi-media exhibit highlighting Johnson County’s African American neighborhoods, institutions and individuals. Free admission at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS, 66212. To learn more, visit jocoahc.org or call 913-826-2787. Visit the Johnson County Museum for more information.


Jan. 11 and 12

The city of Gardner will provide a MLK Exhibit at the Gardner City Hall, 120 E. Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the city of Gardner website.


Jan. 13, 18, 23, 25

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Central Resource Library
9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Library is the community’s center for engagement with the ideas and issues of our time. Two spring series organized by county librarians explore complex subjects with profound relevance to our county.

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Then & Now: Civil Rights

Just one day after delivering his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot by James Earl Ray. The assassination of the courageous Civil Rights leader caused reverberations throughout the nation. The questions he raised are still being asked 50 years after his murder.

Johnson County Library’s Then & Now programs offer a historical perspective on past events and on how their impact resonates today. T&N 2018 is a current prism through which to view recent cultural divides attributed to race, religion and rights. This series of exhibits, tours and programs highlights the still-critical importance of King’s dream that we all might be able to meet at a table of brotherhood. 

Events continue from Jan. 13 into April, more information in this attached flier.


Jan. 15

Social: 5:50 p.m. with 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. program       
Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave.
Cost: $75

14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner

The Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee along with the NAACP,
representing Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas, announces its 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards. This is the largest Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Johnson County, Kansas. Please direct any questions to Becky Herman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee at mlkingcomm@gmail.com or 913-912-7195.


3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14

Bell Cultural Arts Center
Mid-America Nazarene University
2030 E College Way, Olathe, KS 66062
No cost. More information online.

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18th Annual Olathe Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

MidAmerica Nazarene University joins the city of Olathe in this celebration. The district has a MLK student art competition and celebrates with the city at their MLK Celebration.
Keynote speaker: Johnson County 10th District Court Judge Rhonda K. Mason
Entertainment: Lester Estelle, Leigh’s School of Dance and the Prairie Trail Middle School choir
Awards: Olathe Middle School and High School MLK Essay, Visual and Multi-Media Contest Winners

Presented by Olathe’s Human Relations Commission in partnership with Olathe Public Schools, Mid-America Nazarene University and the Olathe Public Library.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15

Olathe Downtown Library Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
No cost. Public is encouraged to drop in and work on service projects for local nonprofits.

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