Greater Dayton Events of MLK Jr. Holiday Celebration
2014 Theme: Is America Humanly and Civilly Bankrupt?

(If needed, please download and use the PDF file of the list of events, including events
at colleges and univedrsities that is separately posted on Commuity Events.)

  1. Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 11:00 am
    Emancipation Proclamation

    Admission: Free
    Location: Zion St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 5301 Free Pike, Trotwood, OH 45426

  2. Friday, January 10, 2014, 7:30 am
    MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

    Donation: $30. Contact person is Carol Prewitt (937) 626-8720
    Location: Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 East River Road, Dayton, Ohio 45439
    Speaker: Rev. Charles Holmes, Interim Pastor of Grace A.M.E. Church of Bellefontaine, Ohio

  3. Sunday, January 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
    MLK Worship Service
    Admission: Free
    Location: Zion Baptist Church, 1864 Earlham Drive, Dayton, OH
    Speaker: Pastor Dr. Hence C. Coats, Pastor of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, Trotwood, OH

  4. Friday, January 17, 2013, 7:00 pm
    29th Annual Margaret E. Peters School Program Awards Ceremony
    MLK K-12 Art, Poetry and Prose Contest and Scholarship Contest
    Admission: Free
    Location: Thurgood Marshall High School, 4447 Hoover Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45417

  5. Sunday, January 19, 2014, 6:00 pm
    MLK Musical Celebration
    Admission: Free
    Location: Bethesda Temple Church, 3701 Salem Ave., Dayton, OH 45406
    2014 MLK Community Choir Rehearsal Schedule (Download Flyer)
         Youth at 600 pm and Adults at 7:00 pm on three rehearsal days
    For more information, contact Bro. Michael Cunningham, Co-Chairperson MLK Committee
                   at 937-589-4714 or MLK Chairperson at 937-287 -6056.)

    1. Tuesday, January 14 at Harvest Grove Baptist Church, 3323 Highview Hills Rd.

    2. Thursday, January 16 atTrinity Presbyterian Church, 3211 Lakeview Ave.

    3. Friday, January 17 at Freedom Faith Baptist Church, 6540 N. Main St.

  6. Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:00 am
    MLK Memorial March and Rally
    Route: The March will START at the Charles R. Drew Health Center on West Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Continue out Third with others joining the March at the Cultural Center (Peace Bridge) and again at Sinclair and Third and Main. The March will then turn Right on N. Main Street to Fifth at the Dayton Convention Center where it will end.

  7. Monday, January 20, 2014, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Violence Prevention MLK Teen Celebration - Neon Movie
    Admission: Free
    Description: The
    Violence Prevention Program will present “A Violence Prevention Teen Day Celebration” in observance of non-violence on the National Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday. The program will feature the movie “42” or “The Butler” based on movie availability to bring awareness of methods to diffuse and manage violent behaviors, building upon the beliefs of Dr. King and his use of non-violence.
    Target Audience: Teens and their families

  8. Monday, January 20, 2013, 6:00 pm
    MLK Celebration Banquet

    Donation: $60
    Location: The Dayton Convention Center, 22 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
    Theme: “Is America Humanly and Civilly Bankrupt?”
    The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will be performing
    Speaker: Rev. Dr. Rodney Wallace Kennedy, Lead Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dayton, Ohio


There are two ticketed events:

  • Friday - January 10, 2014 - Interfaith Prayer Breakfast 7:30 p.m. Mandalay Banquet Center

  • Monday - January 20, 2014 - MLK Celebration Banquet at 6:00 p.m. Dayton Convention Center

Tickets are sold on these dates/times/locations:

  • Tuesday - 12/10/2013 - St. Margaret's Episcopal Church - 5:30 - 7:30pm

  • Thursday - 12/12/2013 - St. Margaret's Episcopal Church - 5:30 - 7:30pm

  • Wednesday - 12/18/2013 - Sinclair Community College, Bldg. 12, Rm. 119 - 1:00 - 3:00pm

  • Thursday - 12/19/2013 - St. Margaret's Episcopal Church - 5:30 - 7:30pm

  • Tuesday - 1/7/2014 - St. Margaret's Episcopal Church - 5:30 - 7:30pm

  • Thursday - 1/9/2014 - St. Margaret's Episcopal Church - 5:30 - 7:30pm

Please note that

  • Deadline date to turn in Prayer Breakfast ticket money: 1/6/14

  • Deadline date to turn in Banquet ticket money: 1/13/

For Information Contact General Chairperson: Anthony B. Whitmore (937) 425-8400
Program Chairperson: Barbara Hudson-Banner (937) 287-6056

For Tickets and Ads contact Finance Chairperson: Carol Prewitt (937) 626-8720


For more information on the events listed above, please contact PR people or General Chair Anthony Whitmore
by calling at (937) 425-8400 or by emailing to



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