In 1998, Knoxville's first community-wide service to honor slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at the Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E Zion Church. 

Since then, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission has added more events and special services to honor Dr. King's work to bring about change in our nation.

Today, the commission plans and hosts activities that last over several days leading up to the national holiday honoring Dr. King. The 2017 activities run from Jan. 11-16. The events include everything from the Race Against Racism to the MLK parade on Jan. 16.

For a full list of activities visit the MLK Commemorative Commission's website.

MLK Commemorative Commission Activities:

Monday, Jan. 16 - MLK Parade

Line-up starts at 8:30 a.m.
Step-off is at 10 a.m.

The 2017 parade  route goes from the Tabernacle Baptist Church on MLK Avenue to Greater Warner AME Zion Church. The parade will be followed by the annual Memorial Tribute Service. The guest speaker at the Memorial Service is Dr. Calvin O. Butts III who is the Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

Online registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 13. For more information contact the Parade Chair:

Monday, Jan. 16 - Night with the Arts

A Night with the Arts featuring the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra
6 p.m.
Historic Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay St.

This event features an original stage production featuring area singers, dancers, actors, poets and the MLK Holiday Choir. 

Guests are encouraged to arrive early to get a god seat. Free shuttle services will be available from the State Street Parking Garage.