Where to find MLK Day 2022 events and services in central Iowa
Des Moines and the rest of Central Iowa are celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with events marking the state and federal holiday honoring his birthday Monday. Prayer breakfasts, round tables, volunteer opportunities and more will be held on January 17 in honor of the Nobel Laureate. Here are seven.
City of West Des Moines MLK Day Celebration Event: Multicultural Reception and Roundtable
In association with the Des Moines Partnership, the City of West Des Moines hosts a free roundtable discussion on diversity, equality and inclusion issues, followed by a multicultural reception.
Appetizers and drinks will be served at 4pm during a dance performance by Hadley Harvey, dancer from Devine Dancers Studio. Keynote Speaker and City of West Des Moines DEI Director Audrey Kennis speaks at 4:30 p.m. The program concludes with the City of West Des Moines Human Rights Commission’s annual presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. West Des Moines Youth & Community Leadership Awards.
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Time: Roundtable discussions will begin on January 17 at 3:00 p.m. The program runs from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Ticket information: This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to participate in roundtable discussions. Register at DSMpartnership.com/events.
Location: MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex, 6500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
Ames/Story County MLK Day Celebration
Join the City of Ames for a free hybrid in-person and virtual session MLK daily program. The hour-long program begins with a performance by the Meeker Elementary Chorus and presentations of the humanitarian awards and high school essay contest winners. Lora and Russ Talbot donated Iowa State University Alumni Association President and CEO Jeff Johnson, Ph.D. is the keynote speaker at the event.
Time: January 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
Ticket information: This event can be attended in person or virtually free of charge.
Location: Ames City Auditorium, 520 Sixth St., Ames (North side of City Hall)
Grand View University keynote speaker
Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. will speak at the private liberal arts university in the USA Viking Theater at noon. In 1996, Moore founded America & Moore LLC., a diversity education and research consultancy that provides antiracism training and workshops. Moore also founded The Privilege Institute in 2014 as a nonprofit organization that offers events, resources, and conferences to educate others about white privilege.
Time: January 17 at noon
Ticket information: For free
Location: 3839 E. 14th St., Des Moines
Zoom seminar hosted by the forest library
Jill Wells – whose murals can be found scattered in public spaces in Des Moines from the YMCA to the Blank Park Zoo – will speak via Zoom at the Forest Library on Monday. Last year, Wells was a speaker at TEDx, discussing the impact of public art. She currently serves on the board of directors of Des Moines’ After School Arts Program while working as a full-time artist.
Although the virtual event will take place on January 17, all Des Moines Public Library locations will be closed to mark Martin Luther King Day.
Time: 5:30 p.m. on January 17
Ticket information: Register online at dmpl.org/events/.
Iowa Department of Human Rights hosts 33rd Annual MLK Celebration
The Iowa Department of Human Rights is hosting its annual celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 17. The free event will take place at 10:45 am and can be viewed on the Department of Human Rights Facebook page .
Time: 10:45 am on January 17th
Ticket information: For free
Urban Dreams Day of Service
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Urban Dreams is hosting a day of worship. Volunteers spend the day alongside board members and staff on chores like cleaning the premises and writing thank-you notes that support Urban Dreams.
Urban Dreams is a local non-profit organization that provides human resources development programs, mental health treatments and support for those with chemical addiction-related issues in order to create equal opportunities for underserved people.
Time: Monday, January 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Location: Urban Dreams, 601 Forest Ave., Des Moines
YMCA prayer breakfast
The ninth annual Dr. YMCA Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast takes place practically Monday morning.
During the event, Betty Andrews, President of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP, will receive the Make-A-Difference Award in recognition of her contributions to social justice in Iowa. The keynote address will come from Jelani Cobb, writer for The New Yorker.
Time: Monday, January 17, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m
Registration: Register for this free event at dmymca.org/.