MLK Day Celebration Returns to the Armory
12 Noon, Monday, January 15, 2024
Ashland Historic Armory - 208 Oak Street
Free admission - Non-perishable food donations encouraged
On Monday January 15, a full house of community members came together for Southern Oregon’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday Celebration, at the Historic Ashland Armory in Ashland.
A recording can be viewed at RVTV's YouTube channel.
This year, the celebration’s theme was “We Choose Love! Now more than ever, the DREAM must continue.” The Keynote speech was delivered by historian, educator, and longtime host of the event, D.L. Richardson.
The celebration included messages from faith leaders in the valley, and performances by the Ashland School District Middle School Choir, the Rogue Valley Peace Choir, BASE Youth Dancers, spoken word from area students, and The Friends of Bishop Mayfield Band who performed a tribute to the beloved local blues legend. There was also a slideshow presentation on the need for the Civil Rights Movement, as we celebrated the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, sixty years later
Finally, in keeping with a long-time tradition, we marched from the Armory to the downtown Plaza to hear Dr. King’s original, “I have a Dream,” speech.
Local MLK Documentaries
Watch the 2023 premiere of "Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
Explore the meaning of MLK Day through the eyes of our own community, created by BASE Southern Oregon.
We Stand Together
Why We Can't Wait
Where Do We Go From Here (Youth Leadership)
Read Dr. King's book
Why We Can't Wait
Explore the events, people, and meanings of the Civil Rights Movement, including Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.
Get it from your local bookstore or Jackson County Library Services
The need for blood donors is urgent. Following in the tradition of our MLK Day blood drives, we urge you to sign up to donate blood.