In the Community: Celebrating the Life of MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr. is, without a doubt, the most iconic civil rights leader of the 20th century. His moving speeches and courageous efforts to create a fair world for people of all races, colors, and creeds, have cemented him into the annals of history. In the early 1980s, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the annual celebration of MLK’s contributions on the third Monday of each January.

This year, residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are excited to commemorate this incredible man and his achievements on Monday, January 17th, 2022. Here are a couple of celebrations happening across the communities where we live and work along the Gulf Coast, as well as one in our nation’s capital.

MLK Day in Pascagoula

If you’re looking for a way to spend this important day of the year, we highly recommend checking out MLK Day in Pascagoula. To celebrate the life, works, and enduring contributions of MLK, you can join in on a large parade, concert, walking tour, tribute, and community-building workshops that will enliven your senses and help to bring alive the vision that this amazing man had for America. In addition to these get-togethers, Pascagoula is also asking for volunteers to contribute their time and effort to help improve their community as part of the MLK Day of Service.

MLK Day in Hattiesburg

The people of the Hub City of Hattiesburg love celebrating Dr. King’s life and work, with parades, concerts, walking tours, and community-building workshops. Hattiesburg views the MLK Day experience as a call to service, as groups and as individuals, to make a positive impact on their community and build understanding and friendships.

2022 MLK Day of Service in Mobile

For the MLK Day of Service, Mobile is celebrating in multiple ways. On Saturday, January 15th, 2022, you can come join the Mobile United’s Natural Resources Committee and the Mobile City Council for an outdoor day of service from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. This year, each participant will be involved in a thorough clean-up of the city that will honor the enduring legacy of MLK, as well as the beautiful community of Mobile. This clean-up is a celebration of 50 years of change within the city. Participation is free, but pre-registration is highly recommended.

Remaining Awake Service for MLK

On Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 9:00 AM, a very special and significant celebration of life will start at the Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral Close Schools – Beauvoir Elementary School, St. Alban’s School, and the National Cathedral School. Dr. King’s granddaughter Yolanda Renee King, will deliver a moving, inspirational speech regarding her grandfather’s teachings and courageous dream for the world. This once-in-a-lifetime event will feature special readings and music performed by the Beauvoir, St. Alban’s, and National Cathedral School choirs.