How to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Nashville, TN

You can find this mural south of downtown at 125 Lafayette St. | Photo via NASHtoday team

Mon., Jan. 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Today, we’re remembering his presence in Nashville + what you can do to honor his life and legacy.

How is Dr. King connected to Nashville?

During a speech at Fisk University on Apr. 20, 1960, Dr. King said, “I came to Nashville not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community.”

He visited Nashville many times to deliver speeches, again on May 3, 1964 to meet with leaders of the Nashville sit-ins before speaking to a crowd of about 2,000 at Fisk. He also spoke at Vanderbilt University in 1962 and 1967

In 2018, Nashville renamed a portion of Charlotte Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard + a historical marker was placed in 2018 near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge (intersection of Clarksville Pike and Cliff Drive).

What can I do to celebrate?

The Legacy Continues: Lifting the Next Generation of Dreamers | Daily through Mon., Jan. 17 | Times vary | Virtual | Free | The annual Martin Luther King Day celebration hosted by the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship includes virtual panels, a youth symposium, and a convocation ceremony.

Let Freedom Sing | Sun., Jan. 16 | 7 p.m. | Schermerhorn Symphony Center | Free | This annual celebration honoring Dr. King + the civil rights movement features classical works and popular songs that affirm equal rights and social justice.

2022 MLK Celebration | Mon., Jan. 17-Fri., Jan. 21 | Times vary | Locations vary | Free | Events include a candlelight vigil, chapel service, and more — all open to the public.

MLK Commemorative Event | Mon., Jan. 17 | 4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch a keynote address by poet and author Nikky Finney around the theme “Where We Belong: Building the Beloved Community.”