Where do we go from here:
The Pandemic will keep us from marching this year, but the Bristol community will have the opportunity to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King in multiple ways.
Because many of the activities are virtual, organizers of Bristol’s MLK Day Annual Celebration are expecting record participation. People will be in their individual spaces but can come together with one voice.
Bristol and Abingdon will explore the same theme this year, “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?” inspired by Dr. King’s prophetic book of the same name, written in 1967, a year before his assassination. In the book, Dr. King reflects on the progress of a decade of civil rights efforts at a pivotal moment in history. In a year where we find ourselves at another hinge moment in history, we must make a choice between the chaos of the present, or look towards a brighter future with peace and justice for all.
A wide range of activities are planned for the month of January that reflect on Dr. King’s life and ministry.
The YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will be participating in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by honoring healthcare, police and service workers in our area with cards of encouragement. The YWCA is encouraging other organizations to honor Dr. King by participating in the federal day of service in their community.
Second Harvest MLK Virtual Food DriveAbingdon & Bristol
Sacred Ground Virtual SeriesAbingdon & Bristol
Emory & Henry MLK ConvocationUniversities
Legendary Civil Rights Activist Ruby Sales PresentationAbingdon & Bristol
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy CarillionUniversities
APEC’s 34th Annual MLK CelebrationAbingdon & Bristol
Birthplace of Country Music Museum Programs and ResourcesAbingdon & Bristol
TV High & VA High MLK Art ContestAbingdon & Bristol
MLK StorytellingJohnson City
Emory & Henry Virtual Panel DiscussionUniversities
Press Conference Virtual Food Drive
Fundraising Carryout LuncheonJohnson City
Kingsport 21st Annual MLK Virtual ParadeKingsport
MLK Annual Community Unity LuncheonKingsport
Virtual MLK Day ProgramAbingdon & Bristol
Virtual Public Service AwardsJohnson City
Annual New Vision Youth/South Central Kingsport Candlelight Vigil (Virtual)Kingsport
King University Virtual Panel DiscussionUniversities
Radio Bristol’s Museum Talk with René & Scotty
Betty Mae Fikes “The Queen of the Blues” – Virtual SpeakerUniversities
MLK “Cover My People” Warmth Drive ThruKingsport
APEC’s New Book Group to Study MLKAbingdon & Bristol
YWCA NETN and SWVA retains the right to deny the submission of any events or activities on this calendar that do not advance the organization’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA NETN/SWVA is a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse or support any candidate for public office. No politically partisan events will be approved for submission on this calendar.