Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Nashville

MLK Day is commemorated on the third Monday of January. Here’s how you can honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in Music City.

Mural of Martin Luther King, Jr

Mural south of downtown at 125 Lafayette St. | Photo via NASHtoday team

Monday, Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and several Nashville organizations are hosting events, volunteer opportunities, and celebrations of life.

The annual Nashville MLK Day begins Wednesday, Jan. 10 with daily events held through Monday, Jan. 15, including presentations, a youth symposium, a march along Jefferson Street, and a convocation at TSU’s Gentry Center. Poet Nikki Giovanni is this year’s keynote speaker.

Here are a few other events commemorating the life, work, and legacy of Dr. King:

  • MLK Joint Day of Service | Saturday, Jan. 13 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | A day of volunteering for students, faculty, and staff at Nashville-area colleges.
  • Let Freedom Sing | Sunday, Jan. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | The Nashville Symphony performs a free community concert with special guests.
  • Volunteer Tree Planting | Monday, Jan. 15 | 9-11 a.m. | Help plant 50 trees in the Bordeaux area of Nashville — tools and gloves will be provided.
  • Vanderbilt University | Monday, Jan. 15 | 1:30 p.m. | Vanderbilt hosts keynote speaker Khalil Ekulona of WPLN’s “This Is Nashville.” The event also will be livestreamed.