King WeekBirmingham King Week is an annual initiative and collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UAB Student Affairs, City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office, Hands On Birmingham, local colleges and universities, and surrounding agencies to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through a weeklong series of events and service initiatives at UAB and throughout the City of Birmingham. Some of the highlights for the week include the Day of Service, MLK 5K Drum Run, and Word from the Mountain Top oratory competition.

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  • 2021 Birmingham King Week
    • January 15
      Prayer Vigil
      Statue of MLK
      Near Kelly Ingram Park.
    • Saturday, January 16
      MLK Day 5K Drum Run
      Virtual
    • Saturday, January 16
      9 A.M. – Gun Buy Back
      Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
      2315 26th Ave. North
      Birmingham, AL 35234
    • Monday, January 18
      6 P.M. – Justice in the Beloved Community: A Conversation on A Time to Break Silence
      Virtual
    • Monday, January 18
      9 A.M. - Stand Up for Justice: An MLK, Jr. Day of Commemoration
      Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
      Virtual
    • Tuesday, January 19
      4 P.M. - Social Justice Cafe: Dr. King's perception of equity
      Virtual
    • Wednesday, January 20
      11 A.M. – Annual Love Feast
      Corner of 16th Street & 6th Ave North
    • Thursday, January 21
      7 P.M. – Sports and Equity: Were Are We and Where Do We Go From Here
      Virtual
    • Thursday, January 21
      7 P.M. – King Week Trivia Night
      Virtual
    • Friday, January 22
      4:30 P.M. - Racial Reconciliation and its Historical Context at Birmingham southern College
      Virtual
    • Saturday, January 25
      3 P.M. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Word From the Mountaintop” Oratory Contest Finalists Competition
      Virtual
  • 2020 Birmingham King Week
    • January 3-16
      Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt
      Avondale Regional Library
      509 40th St. S.
      Birmingham, AL 35222
    • January 6-17
      Martin Luther King Day Scavenger Hunt
      East Ensley Branch Library
      900 14th Street Ensley
      Birmingham, AL 35218
    • January 6-17
      Martin Luther King Mosaic Poster
      East Ensley Branch Library
      900 14th Street Ensley
      Birmingham, AL 35218
    • Wednesday, January 8
      6 P.M. - The Birmingham Public Library Presents Nic Stone, author of New York Times best-seller “Dear Martin”
      Birmingham Public Library, Central - Arrington Auditorium
      2100 Park Place
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • January 10-31
      Smithfield Library Annual MLK Film Festival
      Smithfield Library
      1 8th Ave. W
      Birmingham, AL 35204
    • Saturday, January 18
      7 A.M. – MLK Day 5K Drum Run
      1701 4th Ave N
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Saturday, January 18
      8 A.M. – Gun Buy Back
      St. Joseph Baptist Church
      500 9th Ave N
      Birmingham, AL 35204
    • Saturday, January 18
      11 A.M. – Youth Explosion - Past-Present-Future: A Conversation on Human Trafficking and Mental Health
      St. Joseph Baptist Church
      500 9th Ave N
      Birmingham, AL 35204
    • Saturday, January 18
      12 P.M. – Brothers and Bowties: A Vision Cast
      Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
      520 Sixteenth St N.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
      Register here
    • Sunday, January 19
      9 A.M. – #BarberBlessingBham
      Kelly Ingram Park
      500 17th St. N.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Sunday, January 19
      3 P.M. – Begin the Day: The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture by Dr. Kimberley Mangun, University of Utah - Topic: Emory O. Jackson, Crusading Editor for Civil Rights
      Birmingham Public Library, Central - Arrington Auditorium
      2100 Park Place
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 20
      7:30 A.M. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast
      BJCC East Ballroom
      2150 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 20
      9 A.M. - MLK Day 2020: King's Dream in 20/20 Vision
      Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
      520 Sixteenth St N.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 20
      9 A.M. - “MLK’s Beloved Community”
      UAB Campus Recreation Center
      1501 University Blvd.
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Monday, January 20
      11 A.M. - MLK Wreath Laying Ceremony
      Kelly Ingram Park
      500 17th St. N.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 20
      12 P.M. - MLK March
      Birmingham City Hall
      710 20th St. N.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 20
      1 P.M. - Hands on Birmingham City Wide MLK Day of Service
      Birmingham City Hall
      710 20th Street N.
      Birmingham, Al 35203
    • Monday, January 20
      2 P.M. Love Feast: Feed Homeless and Senior Citizens
      Boutwell Auditorium
      1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Tuesday, January 21
      6 P.M. - History as Education, Entertainment, or Propaganda: Should how we tell the story matter?
      UAB Hill Student Center, Alumni Theater
      1400 University Blvd.
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Wednesday, January 22
      12 P.M. - Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Volker Hall, Lecture Room A
      1670 University Blvd.
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Wednesday, January 22
      7 P.M. - "Just Mercy" Movie Screening
      Edge Movie Theater
      7001 Crestwood Blvd #1100a
      Birmingham, AL 35210
    • Thursday, January 23
      7 P.M. – UAB Men’s Basketball vs Southern Miss
      Bartow Arena
      617 13th St. S.
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Friday, January 24
      ALL DAY – Women's Track vs Green and Gold Invitational
      Birmingham Crossplex
      2337 Bessemer Rd
      Birmingham, AL 35209
    • Friday, January 24
      9 A.M. – Organized Radical Collegiate Activism (ORCA) Gathering
      UAB Hill Student Center
      1400 University Blvd.
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Saturday, January 24
      ALL DAY – Women's Track vs Green and Gold Invitational
      Birmingham Crossplex
      2337 Bessemer Rd
      Birmingham, AL 35209
    • Saturday, January 25
      3 P.M. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Word From the Mountaintop” Oratory Contest Finalists Competition
      Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
      520 Sixteenth St N.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
  • 2019 Birmingham King Week
    • Saturday, January 19
      7:00 A.M. - MLK 5K Drum Run
      Race begins at the corner of 1st Avenue South and 12th Street South
    • Saturday, January 19
      11 A.M. – Street Smart: Conversations Between Youth and Law Enforcement
      Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
      2315 25th Ave. N.
      Birmingham, AL 35234
    • Sunday, January 20
      3 P.M. – Real Life Poets Remember Dr. King
      Avondale Public Library
      509 40th St. S.
      Birmingham, AL 35222
    • Sunday, January 20
      4:30 P.M. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pre-Celebration and Gospel Concert
      St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
      228 Dennison Ave SW
      Birmingham, AL 35211
    • Monday, January 21
      7:30 A.M. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast
      BJCC North Exhibition Hall
      1160-1582 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 21
      9 A.M. – MLK Invitational Track & Field Tournament
      Birmingham CrossPlex
      2337 Bessemer Road
      Birmingham, AL 35208
    • Monday, January 21
      9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute MLK Celebration (Free Admission)
      Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
      520 16th St N.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 21
      10 A.M. – MLK Day 2019: Vistas Serving Birmingham
      Collegeville Community Center
      3029 29th Avenue North
      Birmingham, AL 35207
    • Monday, January 21
      10:30 A.M. - “Let’s Talk, From Conflict to Connection; Navigating Tough Conversations”
      Boutwell Auditorium Upstairs
      1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 21
      11 A.M. - Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Annual MLK March
      March begins at 20th Street N. and end at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
    • Monday, January 21
      11:30 A.M. - UAB MLK Day of Service
      UAB Campus Recreation Center
      1501 University Blvd
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Monday, January 21
      12 P.M. - Hands on Birmingham City Wide MLK Day of Service Kick-Off and City Wide Day of Service
      Birmingham City Hall
      710 20th Street N.
      Birmingham, Al 35203
    • Monday, January 21
      2 P.M. Love Feast: Feed Homeless and Senior Citizens
      Boutwell Auditorium
      1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35203
    • Monday, January 21
      ALL DAY - Free Admission to the Negro Southern League Museum and I am the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Make It Happy Youth Ensemble
      Times: 10 A.M., 12 Noon, and 2 P.M.
      120 16th St S
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Wednesday, January 23
      6 P.M. - Critical Conversations: Between Charity and Social Justice – Community Engagement Among Churches and Faith-based Communities (Part 2)
      Heritage Hall Room 102
      1600 7th Avenue S.
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Thursday, January 24
      11 A.M. – UAB Women’s Basketball vs North Texas
      Bartow Arena
      617 13th St. S.
      Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Friday, January 25
      ALL DAY – 91.1 FM Musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Sponsored by Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
    • Saturday, January 26
      3 P.M. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Word From the Mountaintop” Oratory Contest Finalists Competition
      Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
      520 Sixteenth St N.
      Birmingham, AL 35203
  • 2018 UAB King Week

    MLK 2018

    • Sunday, January 14
      5 PM - Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Ft. The Blind Boys of Alabama
      Alys Stephens Center
      1200 10th Ave. S Birmingham, AL 35205
    • Monday, January 15
      10:30 AM -4 PM - "Day On. Not Day Off" Service Project (Registration Starts at 10 AM)
      Campus Rec Center
      1501 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Tuesday, January 16
      12 PM-2 PM - Volunteer Fair
      Hill Student Center Performance Lounge
      1400 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35205
    • Wednesday, January 17
      4:30 PM - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: The Justice System of Dr. Kings Day
      Underground Room, UAB New Freshman Residence Hall
    • Speakers:
      Former Deputy Chief Stover: First Black Police Officer on the Birmingham PD
      Former Chief of Police Johnnie Johnson: Second Black Police Officer and First Black Police Chief of Birmingham PD
      Bishop Calvin Woods: Walked and Worked with Dr. King
    • Thursday, January 18
      Economic Development
      11 AM - 4th Ave Business District Tour
      2 PM - District Lunch Special w/ UAB ID
      6 PM - (Location changed. Please see the update.) Community Conversations with the Families of the Historic 4th Avenue Business District. The event will be held in UAB Heritage Hall, Room 102.
    • Saturday, January 20
      3 PM - Word from the Mountaintop Oratory Competition Finalist Presentations
      Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

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