Central Texas Honors the King of Peace

The Austin Area Heritage Council, which organizes the main MLK Day celebrations in the city, will be holding the Austin Area MLK Day Livestream and In-Car Rally starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The in-car rally will be held in the parking lot of St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 3417 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Organizers are limiting car slots to about 60 due to Stage 5 coronavirus guidelines, with preregistration required. As of this writing, fewer than 10 slots remain.

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MLK Day is also a national day of service. Austin’s United Way details several ways to observe the occasion in a pandemic safe way: a self-guided tour of Black cultural landmarks in East Austin, a virtual activity for the family and a virtual conversation at 10 a.m. Monday. Go to unitedwayaustin.org/mlkday2021 for more information and to search for volunteer opportunities.

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Austin Health Commons will present a series of Truth and Racial Healing Circles, in honor of MLK Day and in collaboration with YMCA and Austin Community College. There are circles at three times: 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. and 3 to 5:45 p.m. Monday and 6 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.t .

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East Austin theater the Vortex will hold an MLK Day Artist Appreciation Broadcast at 8 p.m. Monday, instead of its usual open mic, with donations going directly to the artists involved. Any other donations the Vortex receives through its website during the broadcast will be sent to Austin Justice Coalition, according to a news release.

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The city of Smithville is hosting a virtual celebration for the 32nd annual MLK Walk for Peace, Justice and Equality to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Anyone interested in participating may do so online beginning Saturday at  to view a prerecorded program, including videos, photos, walking tours and downloadable documents.

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Taylor’s 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community March will be held virtually this year. A video commemoration will premiere at 9 a.m. Monday on the city’s Facebook and YouTube pages. The video will also be broadcast on the city’s cable access channel, Channel 99, starting at 9 a.m. and will repeat until 11:30 a.m. The video features community messages as well as a reading of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech by the Rev. W. Hosey of God’s Way Baptist Church with a slideshow of photos from events held in the past.

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