Marchers walked from West Third Street over the bridge into downtown and then to the Dayton Convention Center for a memorial in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day events across Dayton and the Miami Valley

The Miami Valley area will celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in events over the next week, including the following programs.

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Diversity Council’s 19th Annual MLK Breakfast

The Centerville-Washington Diversity Council will host the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, featuring David Anthony Johnson as the keynote speaker. He has 25 years of experience in songwriting and as a youth motivator.

The breakfast takes place at 7:30 a.m. at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St. Register online at Printed registration forms that can be mailed are available at Centerville Library. Tickets are $20 each, or $200 for a table of ten.

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Martin Luther King Unity Sunday

The Kroc Center will host a worship service and lunch in honor of Martin Luther King Day on Sunday, Jan. 20.

The worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m. and lunch will be served at 1 p.m. This program will feature two guest speakers, Majs. David and Margaret Davis.

This service is at 1000 N. Keowee St. (on the corner of Webster and Keowee streets). This event is free and open to the public.

For more information and to R.S.V.P for the 1 p.m. luncheon, contact Kip Moore at 937-528-5211 or via email at

For more information on the Salvation Army Kroc Center-Dayton, visit the website at

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Thousands take part in Dayton’s MLK Day march. Photo by Marshall Gorby
Photo: Staff Writer

MLK Dayton Inc.

MLK Dayton Inc. has several events scheduled this year. This year’s theme is “Justice for All.” 

This year’s events include:

• Friday, Jan. 18, 7:30 a.m. — MLK Dayton Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at Grace United Methodist Church, 1001 Harvard Blvd. $37.50 per person. Tickets for the Interfaith Breakfast and Celebration Banquet will be available at all MLK Dayton events.

• Sunday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m. — MLK Dayton Musical at Shiloh Baptist Church, 3801 Fairbanks Ave.

• Monday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. — MLK Dayton Memorial March and Rally, begins at Charles R. Drew Health Center, 1323 W. Third St.

• Monday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. — MLK Dayton Youth Celebration at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St. Speaker is Rev. Jeremiah Lewis. Event is free.

• Monday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. — MLK Dayton Celebration Banquet at the Dayton Convention Center. Speaker is Fred David Gray and cost is $75 per person.

For more information please contact Kimberly Gaither at 210-557-2121.

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The annual MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast hosted by MLK Dayton, Inc. was held Friday January 18 as part of the Dayton-area's MLK Jr. Holiday Celebration. The keynote speaker was Pastor Rodney Wallace Kennedy (pictured here) of First Bapt. Church in Dayton.
Photo: Jim Witmer

Sinclair’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Commemorative Walk

Join with Sinclair Community College students, colleagues and their families for this annual event that commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m.

This event is on Monday, Jan. 21, in Building 12, Great Hall. The program starts at 9:45 a.m., and includes a presentation by Sinclair Professor Emeritus Jack Bennett. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Times are approximate. Please dress appropriately.

Registration is requested; visit

Free RTA rides

The Dayton community is invited to ride for free aboard all RTA regular fixed-route buses and RTA Connect paratransit services on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

RTA buses will operate on a reduced Saturday service schedule in observance of the holiday, except for The Flyer, which will run regular weekday service. The RTA business offices will be closed in accordance with the holiday.

The Dayton RTA also is a sponsor of the MLK Dayton events and will provide free shuttle service between the Dayton Convention Center and the Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center at 1323 W. Third St. for anyone participating in the Dayton MLK Memorial March and Rally.

The event starts at 10 a.m., with the march beginning at the Charles R. Drew Health Center. RTA shuttle service from the end of the march and rally will run from 10:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

There may be service delays and rolling route deviations due to the MLK Jr. Day March. For assistance in planning your trip, visit and consult the “Saturday Service” section.

You can use RTA RideTime technology to track a bus in the service’s app, text for next bus information or call in to the automated phone line with an RTA Stop ID. Find out how at

UD annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Speaker

University of Dayton Speaker Series & Annual MLK Commemorative talk features Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. Tatum is the best-selling author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and the president emerita of Spelman College. A book signing will follow her presentation.

The event is at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom at the University of Dayton and it is free to the public.

For additional information or special accommodations, please contact the office of the provost at 937-229-2245.


City of Springfield

The city of Springfield Community Development Department and the MLK Celebration Committee will host its 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon.

The event will feature keynote speaker Marya Rutherford Long, the vice president/community and economic development manager of Fifth Third Bank of the Dayton region.

This year’s theme is “Living the Dream.” A high school senior from each area high school who has upheld the values of King will receive the Peacemaker Award.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at Clark State’s Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center, located at 275 S. Limestone St.

Tickets for the event are available for $25 by calling the Community Development Department at 937-324-7380.

Wittenberg Series-Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

The Wittenberg University Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation will feature Adam Foss as this year’s guest speaker. He is the former assistant district attorney of Suffolk County in Boston, an advocate for criminal justice reform and founder of Prosecutor Impact.

He was recognized by the Mandela Foundation as the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year.

This event will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, at Wittenberg University. Convocation begins at 11:15 a.m. in Weaver Chapel; at 2:45 p.m. there will be a Q&A session with Foss in Room 105 of the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning on campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit


City celebration

The cities of Trotwood and Clayton will team up to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

There will be music by Tommy J. McGuffey II, an MLK message from Elder Norman J. Scearce and students from Trotwood and Northmont will present a project collaboratively. Citizens from both cities will be honored.

This event is free to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at 3035 Olive Road in Trotwood.


Library event

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Troy-Miami County Public Library will show the PBS documentary “John Lewis: Get in the Way,” followed by a short discussion.

The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. No registration is required.

John Lewis, a King colleague, helped organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. After playing a key role in the Civil Rights movement, Lewis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

For more information, contact the library at 937-339-0502, ext. 117, or visit


Library event

Learn freedom songs and make freedom buttons and banners in preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Come together to create, be inspired and eat snacks.

This event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Yellow Springs Community Library, 415 Xenia Ave.

For more information, visit