Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Nashville

Nashville is filled with ways to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ongoing @ Nashville Downtown Library
The Civil Rights Collection
MLK at Nashville Public Library

The Civil Rights Collection at the Nashville Public Library features black & white photos from the Civil Rights era in Nashville and a circular table in the center of the room representing the lunch counters of Nashville - locations of many sit-in protests that fueled the Civil Rights Movement.

January 12-17 @ Virtual
The Legacy Continues: Lifting the Next Generation of Dreamers

The annual Martin Luther King Day (MLK DAY) celebration hosted by the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF) will take place January 12-17th virtually for the second time in its history. This year’s keynote speaker is Ilyasah Shabazz, an American author, most notably of a memoir, Growing Up X, community organizer, social activist, and motivational speaker, and the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. The schedule includes a youth rally and the annual convocation, in addition to a social justice art exhibit and a spoken word contest featuring the talents of the youth in our city.

January 14 @ Fisk Memorial Chapel
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation

Fisk University will have a special ceremony to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 10am-12pm.

January 15 @ Bridgestone Arena
MLK Freedom Fest

T3 Entertainment is excited to bring MLK Freedom Festival to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, January 15. MLK Freedom Fest line-up includes Hip Hop’s newest stars Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk, Rod Wave, and Latto with more surprise guests to be announced.

January 16 @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Let Freedom Sing

The Nashville Symphony’s annual Let Freedom Sing concert honors the life, legacy, and triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. This free annual celebration features classical works and popular songs that affirm equal rights and social justice.

January 17-21 @ Belmont University
2022 MLK Celebration

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program was established in January of 1997 at Belmont University as a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events are held each January as part of the observance of Dr. King's birthday. Events are open to the Belmont community and to the public and all are welcome and invited to attend. Events each year include a candlelight vigil in commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement, a chapel service, and a campus dialogue on diversity, race, and ethnicity.

January 17 @Vanderbilt University
MLK Commemorative Event

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series was established in 1985 at Vanderbilt University. Commemorating King’s life and legacy, the university community gathers annually on this national holiday for a series of programs, including participation in the city-wide march, community service, educational forums, and lectures. The university is hosting the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote address by poet and author Nikky Finney virtually on January 17 around the theme “Where We Belong: Building the Beloved Community.” Events are open to all Vanderbilt campus and community partners unless noted otherwise.