Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebrates the life of a man who brought so much to the cause of civil rights. His sacrifices and inspiration led a nation, and today we continue to celebrate his achievements in making the world, and our nation, a better place. Many institutions and people are off from work and school on the third Monday of January, to honor his birthday, which was January 15.
Updated for 2014.
New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission
The Commission promotes Dr. King's principles and philosophy in New Mexico, and works to reduce youth conflicts in the community. The commission sponsors four main programs; the annual parade and march is one. In addition to the annual march, the commission sponsors commemorative awards, a leadership tour, and a youth conference.
Albuquerque Martin Luther King Celebration
A celebration of Dr. King's life will take place at Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church. A poetry/rap recital contest for students in K-12 will take place.
When: January 19, 3 p.m.
Where: 7701 Zuni SE
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass and Celebration
The African American catholic community will have a special mass and celebration. Special guest homilist will be Rev. Norman Fischer.
When: Sunday, January 19, noon
Where: St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Church, 5901 St. Joseph Dr. NW
Martin Luther King Holiday Parade
The parade begins at University and Martin Luther King Boulevard, and follows the road west to Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza downtown. During the parade, a celebration of drumming and marching precedes the commemorative ceremony on Civic Plaza downtown. Everyone is invited to the event.
When: January 19, 2 p.m.
Where: Begins at University and MLK Boulevard, moving west to Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza NW
50th Anniversary of the Dream
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council has been an all-volunteer non-profit organization since 1991. Every year on the MLK holiday, they have a birthday celebration program to honor local youth and organizations for keeping the dream alive. Keynote speaker is Pastor Jesse Dompreh, Powerhouse Fellowship Church in Rio Rancho. This is a free event and ethnic dress is encouraged. For more information, contact Jewel Hall at (505) 994-2335.
When: Monday, January 20, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast
The 18th annual breakfast features guest speaker Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, fifth pastor of Bright Hope Batptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. For breakfast tickets, contact Galvin Brown at (505) 550-3749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements can also be made through the Grant Chapel church family.
When: January 20, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Marriott Pyramid North Hotel, 5151 San Francisco Road NE, in the Journal Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Luncheon
The event is hosted by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of New Mexico. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.
When: January 20 at noon
Where: Inn at Rio Rancho, 1465 Rio Rancho Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho
Dr. King Birthday Celebration/Inauguration Ceremony
When: January 20, 6 p.m.
Where: African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE
In Remembrance of Martin Documentary
The PBS documentary will screen at the Guild, with special speaker Kell Kearns, the film's director, and Harold Bailey, President of the Albuquerque NAACP.
When: January 20 and 21, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central NE
MLK Day of Service
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is known for its spirit of volunteerism. Join the MLK Day of Service initiative on January 20. Part of the United We Serve network, volunteers across the U.S. make a commitment to spending the day helping someone else. Find out where you can help by seeing what's happening in your area. Join a clothing or food drive, or other volunteer opportunities available citywide.
Martin Luther King Candlelight Vigil
The annual candlelight vigil brings together the community for song, dance, and a pledge for dealing with everyday life in a nonviolent manner.
When: January 20, 6 p.m.
Where: Anna Becker Park in Belen