Here are some of the free events in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
• Monday: 7 p.m. on Facebook Live, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church annual celebration with music and speakers; Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris “Who is My Neighbor” Award will be given to an adult and a high school senior, recognized for diligently working for justice in Linn County. Details: facebook.com/stpaulsunitedmethodistchurchcedarrapids
The 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights is a collaborative effort between the University of Iowa, city of Iowa City and several community organizations.
• Monday events:
MLK Jr. Day of Service Virtual Celebration: 10 a.m. on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, with bell ringing ceremony, guest speakers, performances and resource fair.
Unity March Car Parade: noon to 1 p.m. join Johnson County Board of Supervisors, community leaders and members, meet at 913 S. Dubuque St.
Community Lunch: 12:30 to 2 p.m., one free meal per person while supplies last, at Rodney’s Jamaican Jerk & BBQ Food Truck, 1104 S. Gilbert St.
Online program: 7 to 8 p.m., with Corridor guests; details and online links at mlk.uiowa.edu/calendar/event/62511
• Community-based service projects: Donations accepted Jan. 25 to 30 at noon at any drop-off location; details at mlk.uiowa.edu/
Literacy Kits: Simple crafts to assemble at-home with a children’s book and an activity related to the book to make reading fun for early elementary-aged children.
Weeklong Food and Basic Needs Drive: Donations accepted for local food pantries.
Hy-Vee Drive: 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27, Iowa City Hy-Vee stores team up to serve the Food Pantry at Iowa and CommUnity Crisis Services; shoppers given a list of needed items, and donations may be given on-site at the First Avenue, North Dodge and Waterfront Hy-Vee locations.
Youth Acts of Service: Youths and adults encouraged to commit acts of service and/or learning in King’s honor; create your own or find ideas at mlk.uiowa.edu/community-based-service-projects/ then share your photos using the hashtags #MLK2021 and #ServingTogetherSeparately
• Dive in with the Stanley: 7 p.m. Tuesday online via Instagram Live @uistanleymusem; Stanley Museum of Art Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing explore Simone Leigh’s “103 (Face Jug Series)”; program will be saved to Instagram TV
• UI Health Care Human Rights Week Distinguished Lecture: noon Wednesday online, with Dr. Joan Y. Reede, dean for diversity and community partnership and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
• MLK Week Blood Drives: noon Thursday, Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St.; use the East Lobby entrance; schedule an appointment at uidegowinbloodcenter.org
• Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Summit: 1 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30 online; youths in grades 6 to 12 can participate in two Saturday interactive sessions on King’s vision for the future, with workshops on “What Would Dr. King Do,” “Black Youth as Agents of Change” and “Versus: Dr. King and Malcolm X,” as well as games, conversations and skill-building to create change in our communities; register at mlk.uiowa.edu/calendar/event/62516
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• Celebrate Black Excellence Everyday: Honoring Unsung Heroes: 7 p.m. Jan. 26 online; interactive presentation on important and influential Black people who are not always remembered for their contributions to history and the Civil Rights Movement; with regular breaks for polls, discussion questions and comments; facilitated by Samer Suleman.
• Details and links: mlk.uiowa.edu/