Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration

Dr. King remains a central figure in our nation’s ongoing dialogue on race and equality. Years after the death of Dr. King, we still struggle to discuss and respond to racism, homophobia, economic injustice and other forms of oppression. NCBI Missoula is proud to sponsor the Missoula MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration by engaging community members in dialogue and calling people to action to help create a more just and inclusive society. Each January, the MLK Day Community Celebration seeks to help commemorate the message of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement by assisting participants to examine justice and equality through a number of lenses: How do we reflect King’s values in our individual lives?  As neighbors? As communities? How far has our country come toward realizing King’s vision? What still remains to be done? Through service, action, lecture, art, and dialogue, the MLK Day Community Celebration engages hundreds of community members in an examination of the legacy of Dr. King, equality issues locally and nationally, and ways to bridge divides and resolve differences.

The MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration includes the annual Youth Art and Essay Contest in which youth in Western Montana, preschool-12th grade, may submit a piece of artwork or writing in response to that year's quote.  Submissions are judged and winners are awarded at the MLK Celebration.  The day of the event begins with a rally at Caras Park (5 pm), followed by a march for justice to the celebration at St. Paul Lutheran Church (6 pm), and closes with a community meal.  

Please check our home page for more event details closer to the date.  If you are interested in getting involved with the MLK Jr. Day Planning Comittee, you may contact us at