Utica Celebrates Martin Luther King. Jr. Day
Jan. 15 2024

Utica Celebrates Martin Luther King. Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an annual federal holiday since 1986, celebrates the national civil rights leader who was instrumental in challenging the racial caste system. For this year’s 38th observance locals across the region can commemorate King’s achievements with an assortment of events, including a few in-person options.

Utica NAACP will celebrate its 40th annual Dr. King Tribute at St. Paul’s Baptist Church.
-The Tribute March will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program will follow shortly after.
-The event is free and open to the public.

The Mohawk Valley Frontiers Group will also partake in its 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15.
-The event will run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.
-Admission costs $50.00 per person or $400.00 for a table of eight. Contact Unice Elliot-Jefferson at 315-534-4029 or via email at uelliot3@aol.com to purchase a ticket.
-This year’s program will honor Marquis Phillips and Jennifer Woodman, two individuals who exemplify Dr. King’s teachings through their charitable programs and actions, Elliot-Jefferson said.
-Phillips was nominated for his engagement in issue advocacy; Woodman was selected for her commitment to youth initiatives.

The Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) is hosting a free screening of a film tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan.19.
-Immediately following the film a panel consisting of Freddie Hamilton, Cheryl Minor, Roosevelt Patterson and Margaret Gallaway will discuss the pillars of Dr. King’s work. Refreshments will be served.
-Register by visiting https://bit.ly/41MNQiH.
-The film is courtesy of New York State, the Mohawk Valley Hate and Bias Prevention Regional Council, and the Resource Center for Independent Living