Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebrations and Remembrances

This list is current as of January 15, 2016
and is presented in date/time order as events occur.
 If you’d like to add an event, contact Rev. Dr. Don Anderson  at danderson@councilofchurchesri.org. Thank you.

Newest addition is the Providence Journal’s
January 14 listing of MLK events found here.


Woonsocket’s 15th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King
Weekend Celebration

Civic Engagement Fair Thursday, January 14th,
6-9pm Woonsocket High School – Free

James W. Hinson Scholarship Banquet Friday, January 15th,
6:30pm Savini’s Restaurant Tickets $25

Interfaith Worship Service Sunday, January 17th,
3pm  St. James Baptist Church

Memorial Service Monday, January 18th, 11am
MLK Memorial Sculpture Garden
(Corner of South Main and Mason Street)

More information and poster here.


A Dramatic Reading of
Martin Luther King’s
Letter from the
Birmingham City Jail
Directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley

For Youth Groups and
Young People of
All Ages

7 pm on January 14, 2016
Temple Beth El 70 Orchard Ave

Additional Performances
January 15 – 17
Mixed Magic Theatre
560 Mineral Spring Ave

Tickets, information and more here.


Minister’s Council Annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
Monday, January 18, 2016

8:00 am, Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet,
60 Rhodes Place, Cranston
Tickets $35, Full table of ten is $350.
Inspiring fellowship, remembrance and celebration
(also a scholarship fundraiser).
Send checks to:
Minister’s Alliance of Rhode Island
P.O. Box 993, Pawtucket, RI 02862
(Ed. note: The above is the corrected mailing address for checks.)


Celebrate the Birthday of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
at the
18th Annual
RI Civil Rights Roundtable

“Youth Activism: Past, Present, Future”
Monday, January 18
from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Mathewson Street Church
134 Mathewson Street, Providence
Poster and more info here.


The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission annual celebration of the life, and death, of the great civil rights leader will be held on Monday, January 18, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 475 Cranston Street, Providence.


Roger Williams University
School of Law’s 11th Annual
Martin Luther King Keynote
on Thursday, January 21

Diversity & Inclusion Professionals (DAIP) invites you to attend Roger Williams School of Law’s 11th Annual MLK Keynote address on Thursday, January 21 at 3:30 PM at the Bristol campus.

This year, the featured speaker is Judge Carlton W. Reeves, a federal judge from Mississippi. Judge Reeves is only the second African-American appointed to the federal bench in Mississippi, and two of his rulings are particularly salient for the MLK Lecture. In February 2015 he delivered a stunning speech to three white male defendants he was sentencing for the brutal murder of a black man. And in November of 2014, months before the United States Supreme Court agreed, Judge Reeves ruled that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.
The Honorable Carton W. Reeves
Thursday, January 21st
3:30 PM Lecture
Roger Williams University School of Law
10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI
ROOM: 362


Register today for Trinity Institute:
Listen for a Change

On Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, The Diocese of Rhode Island in partnership with the Center for Reconciliation will offer an opportunity to participate in Trinity Institute 2016 – Listen For A Change – Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice.

The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island in partnership with the Center for Reconciliation and the Trinity Church Wall Street, will host live streaming broadcasts of TI2016 at the sites listed below:

St. Peter’s and Andrew’s, Providence – Register now >
St. John’s Church in Barrington – Register now >
Christ Church in WesterlyRegister now >
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in GreenwichRegister now >
Much more helpful information here.

Trinity Institute (TI2016) is an annual conference in its 45th year that equips clergy and laypersons for imaginative and catalytic leadership. This year’s conference “Listen for a Change”, will focus on Racial Justice.

TI2016 recognizes that many of us avoid conversations about race because they’re difficult, uncomfortable, or could risk being perceived as prejudiced. Attendees of this year’s conference will learn ways to talk skillfully in theological reflection groups about charged issues with people who might have differing perspectives, with less apprehension. These life-giving conversations will teach us more about the racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change.


SINGING THE DREAM, an interfaith community-wide musical celebration of Dr. King’s legacy, will be held at the Grace Episcopal Church downtown. Choirs from Grace Church, Central Congregational, Prism of Praise, Providence Gay Men’s Chorus, the Rhode Island Jewish Community Chorus, Temple Emanu-El’s choir, and, HaZamir, the community Jewish teen choir, will all be performing — over 150 voices!  Program begins at 4:30 pm.