Knoxville MLK Commemorative Commission Lists 2023 Events

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
[email protected]
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Knoxville MLK Commemorative Commission Lists 2023 Events

Posted: 01/04/2023
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Since 1982, the Knoxville MLK Commission has organized a special celebration each year for the Knoxville area to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The weeklong celebration focuses on providing education and leadership training for adults and youth and promotes reconciliation through peaceful conflict resolution. Part of the celebration also includes stories of racial struggles with emphasis on non-violence, equality, and love. 

The theme for 2023 is Moving on Toward Freedom, Justice and Equality which is attributed to the Dream and the Dreamer MLK, Jr. who affirmed, "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. And Justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love."


You can learn more about the Knoxville MLK Commission and 2023 events at


• January 6 - Gallery of Arts Tribute
• January 11 - Interfaith Prayer Service
• January 12 - Leadership Educational Symposium and Leadership Awards Luncheon
• January 13 - Community Forum
• January 14 - MLK Youth Symposium and Jack and Jill Oratorical Contest
• January 15 - Night With the Arts Tribute
• January 16 - Memorial Tribute Service
• March 25 - Teacher In-Service Training
• June 19 - MLK Memorial Parade and Juneteenth Celebration