Not sure how to honor Dr. King and advance his legacy as a "day on, not a day off"? No matter where you live in Iowa, we've got you covered.

Ames

Ames/Story County Community MLK Day Celebration 2019

Monday, January 21
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Ames Middle School
 
Learn how we can all work toward the common goals of cooperation, civility, respect for each other, and social justice.
 
2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series
Monday, January 21 - Thursday, January 24
Iowa State University
 
Events will include:

• Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Convocation - Ron Stallworth
• The Power of Knowing Your Purpose - Brittany Packet

Boone

Monday, January 21
1 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ericson Public Library
 
Watch Selma, a 2014 historical drama film, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis.
 

Cedar Falls

Monday, January 21
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University of Northern Iowa Maucker Union
 
Join the Service & Leadership Council and the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley as they package meals for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank's "BackPack Program." This year, they will be hosting three different volunteer sessions that last an hour and a half. 
 

Cedar Rapids

Monday, January 21
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
African American Museum of Iowa
 
The Museum will be offering discounted admission at $1.00 per person to honor Dr. King. In addition, the Museum is celebrating Dr. King’s message of peace by collaborating with Veterans for Peace Chapter #169 to create and decorate Peace Poles. The Museum will supply the poles and supplies, all that is needed is you.
 

Coralville

Monday, January 21
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Coralville Public Library
 
The library will host the third annual reading of Dr. King's iconic “I Have a Dream Speech.” Local leaders and allies will read Dr. King's words, which remind us to celebrate what we have accomplished and recognize what we have left to do. Throughout the day, library patrons will also have a chance to write or draw their dreams for a more just world, which will be on display throughout the week.
 

Davenport

Monday, January 21
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Beyond the Baseline
 
Celebrate and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. through recreation, education, and spiritual guidance. Hoopn 4 Change, QC4teens, Beyond the Baseline, and the Quad City Youth Sports Foundation are hosting this event.
 

Des Moines

Monday, January 21
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
First Christian Church Des Moines
 
On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys, known collectively as “The Central Park Five,” were tried and convicted of the crime. They spent between seven and thirteen years of their lives behind bars before being exonerated. Learn more from Dr. Salaam about the Central Park 5 experience during a Q&A.
 
This MLK Day event is free and open to the community.
 
Monday, January 21
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Des Moines Public Library (Forest Avenue)
 
Join the Forest Avenue Library and the Des Moines community to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and remember the principles and beliefs for which he fought. Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Director Joshua V. Barr, a well-known advocate for equality and inclusiveness, will be the keynote speaker. Students will also be able to take part in a hands-on art experience with local artist Jill Wells.
 
Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and there will be refreshments following the program.
 
Saturday, January 19
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
State Historical Building
 
Please join the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans at the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The celebration will include a gospel musical "I Have A Dream" performed by Herman LeVern Jones TheatreSouth Company.
 
“I Have a Dream” is a Gospel musical about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, starting on December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person leading up to the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968.  This depiction will give insight into Dr. King’s love of his family, his sense of humor, and the incredible challenge that African-Americans faced in fighting for basic human rights.
 

Dubuque

Monday, January 21
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Multicultural Family Center
 
Join The Fountain of Youth Program, Multicultural Family Center, Wartburg Seminary, Sustainable Dubuque & United Way of Dubuque for a celebration of Marin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. There will be performances, cultural integration, networking, and snacks. Keynote by Renee Tyler.
 

Iowa City

Monday, January 21 - Friday, January 25, 2019
University of Iowa
 
An official University of Iowa holiday was designated in 1995 to provide an opportunity to engage the University community in a discussion of the human values that the King holiday epitomizes. All events are free and open to the public:

• MLK Day of Service
• Hawkeyes Changing Lives
• Dr. Raynard S. Kington Lecture
• Ron Stallworth Lecture - Author of The BlacKkKlansman
• STEM for Social Good

Ottumwa

January 21, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Bridgeview Center
 
Hosted by United Way of Wapello County. Learn how you can serve the local community and honor the MLK Day of Service! Breakfast will be provided. Guest speakers will follow breakfast.
 

Perry

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Rally
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Perry High School
 
ACLU of Iowa Executive Director Mark Stringer will speak about the legacy of Dr. King, including his impact on civil rights and civil liberties in the current moment.
 

Sioux City

Monday, January 21
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ
 
A celebration hosted by the Sioux City NAACP.
 

Waterloo

Sunday, January 20
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Electric Park Ballroom
 
Attend the NAACP of Black Hawk County's 40th annual MLK, Jr. Banquet. For more information or to purchase tickets call LaTanya Graves at 319-214-3434. Tickets are $50 for an individual; $400 for a table of 8.
 

Stay informed

ACLU of Iowa is part of a network of affiliates

Learn more about ACLU National