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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


On Monday, January 15th, South Bend Heritage will join the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of St. Joseph County to present the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Highlights of the Celebration include the Community Service Recognition Breakfast, the Memorial March and the Youth Program. Each year the celebration brings thousands of people together to honor the legacy of Dr. King. We hope you will join us for this special Celebration. See information below for events throughout the day.
The events listed below are organized by the MLK Foundation of St. Joseph County and South Bend Heritage.

A special thank you to our sponsors for the 2018 Celebration:

GOLD: University of Notre Dame, Four Winds Casino, Mel Hall
Silver: Saint Joseph Health System, 1st Source Bank
Bronze: Notre Dame Federal Credit Union,  African-American Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
Patron:   KeyBank, Lake City Bank, Urban Enterprise Association, Palmer Funeral Homes, AM General, Beacon Health System, Indiana Michigan Power

Monday, January 15, 2018


Listed below is a sample of the remainder of the scheduled events for the Celebration of Dr. King Day.

Complete events can be found in the MLK Celebration Program Book is available for download here. (It is a 40 page booklet with workshop and events throughout January & February) A Summary of Events is listed below.


7:30 p.m. (Friday)

The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, Presented by L.A. Theatre Works,

Susan Albert Loewenberg, Producing Director
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Leighton Concert Hall,
University of Notre Dame
Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop imagines what happened inside the Lorraine Motel’s room 306 the night before April 4, 1968. In the experthands of L.A. Theatre Works and an experienced touring cast, Katori Hall’s fictional re-imagining begins in Memphis in April 1968, as King finishes delivering his impassioned “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Exhausted, he retires to room 306 at the Lorraine Motel where he encounters a young hotel maid with whom he forges an unexpected relationship.
During a conversation that ranges from the personal to the political, King finds himself confronting his destiny and the fate of the very nation to which he’s devoted his life. Event contains mature or adult content and recommended for age 14 and up.
Tickets: $30 regular, $15 child / student available at the DeBartolo Ticket Office. Visit or call the
box office (574-631-2800 or 631-2729 for group sales) Monday–Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available online at


7:30 p.m.


African Drumming and Dance Celebration

Leighton Concert Hall DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame
Led by Kelly Morgan, founder and director of local dance and theater company UZIMA! and
master African drummer James Riley’94,this popular event celebrates wholeness, joy, purpose, and life.
It is family friendly, with all ages welcome. A free but ticketed event. To guarantee your reservation, please pick-up your Will Call tickets at least 15 minutes prior to the performance. In the event of a sell out, unclaimed Will Call tickets will be used to seat patrons waiting on standby.
Free but ticketed. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the venue
Tickets may be reserved online at or call/visit the ticket Office (574-631-2800)


4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The People’s Inauguration II: The State of Our Union

Islamic Society of Michiana
3310 Hepler Street, South Bend
Celebrating a year of resilience and renewing a commitment to change. This event will feature members of the Michiana Social Justice Coalition and other community agencies that have acted against harmful social tactics that attempted to impede the rights of our members during the past. Brief presentations will be given by members and opportunities to become involved will be made available
Coordinators: Ameenah Pasha Starks, Jamie Morgan, Darryl Heller
Sponsor: Michiana Social Justice Coalition.
For more information, contact Ameena Pasha Starks @ 219-898-8922 ( or Darryl Heller @ 773-391-2482 (