MLK Day events in the Heartland

MLK Day events in the Heartland

(KFVS) - Check out some of the events happening in the Heartland to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Do you know of an MLK Day event in the area? Email


Cape Girardeau: Southeast Missouri State University hosts its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner on Jan. 20. at the Show Me Center.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Wed Moore, and a veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU. 

His book "The Work" debuted at No. 15 on the New York Times Best Seller List. It was received as a model for how we can weave valuable lessons together from supremely different people in order to forge individual paths to triumph. 

Moore is the founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an innovative college platform that addresses the college completion and job placement crisis. BridgeEdU reinvents the freshman year in a way that engages students in real-world internships and service-learning opportunities in addition to core academic classes. 


Paducah: Lourdes Hospital will host the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration on Friday, January 15. The program, "It takes a village," will begin at 3 p.m. in the Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion's Borders Community Room. The keynote speaker is Pastor James Lee Hudson of Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church. Concordia and Prime Rib from Paducah Tilghman High School will provide the music and vocal selections. Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.

Paducah: The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March to the Monument and luncheon organized by the Paducah/McCracken County Chapter of the NAACP will be held Monday, January 18.

A march for the laying of the wreath at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument will start at approximately 10 a.m. at the Robert Cherry Civic Center.  Participants will walk east in the median of Park Avenue to the monument located on Martin Luther King Drive just east of North 21st Street. There will be a police escort and a vehicle to carry those who would rather ride. The wreath laying ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. The annual luncheon immediately follows at the Civic Center at 11:30 a.m.

Call the local branch of the NAACP at 270-443-5430 for additional information about the march and luncheon and other events scheduled in Paducah.

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday affects City of Paducah services.  City Hall located at 300 South 5th Street will be closed on Monday.

Below are the changes to the Engineering-Public Works Department schedule.

  • The City of Paducah will not collect brush or limbs on Monday, January 18.
  • The Compost Facility located at 1560 North 8th Street will be closed to the public on Monday, January 18.

The trash collection schedule for the week of January 19-22 will not change. If you have a question about the Compost Facility or trash collection, contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567.

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