Updated for 2013.
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.
Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday
Join a birthday celebration of Dr. King, where speaker Yvette Kaufman-Bell will speak on "Remembering Whence We've Come." Presented by the African American Employment Program.
When: Friday, January 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: VA Education Auditorium, 1501 San Pedro 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 Deacon Robert White from Washington, D.C.
When: Sunday, January 20, 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. Contact Sandy Wylie at email@example.com or (505) 768-3580 for more information.
When: Sunday, January 20, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza NW
23 Years: Pursuing 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 Attorney H. Jesse Jacobus of Modrall Sperling Lawyers. This is a free event and ethnic dress is encouraged.
When: Monday, January 21, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE
Martin Luther King & Inaugural Celebration
The program commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King and a video of the inauguration of our President. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 249-7082.
When: Monday, January 21, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of New Mexico presents a luncheon with special guest speaker Van Tate, from KRQE News. The theme is "Let the Dream Continue."
When: Monday, January 21 at noon
Where: Inn at Rio Rancho, 1465 Rio Rancho Blvd., Rio Rancho
17th Annual Martin Luther King Commemorative Breakfast
The annual breakfast will feature a speaker, scholarship presentations and entertainment by the New Mexico Mass Choir. For tickets, contact Galvin Brown at (505) 293-1300.
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 21. 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: 6 p.m. January 21
Where: Anna Becker Park in Belen