There are several events celebrating the life and legacy of MLK happening in Butler County this month.


The 5th annual “MLK Gala: An All-Black Attire Affair”

Feed the Hungry Project is hosting its 5th Annual Gala in honor of the Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Get ready for another exciting event with great speakers, honorees, and fine dining! All ticket proceeds from this experience will benefit our upcoming programs for at-risk youth and our soup kitchen operations.

This event will be held at the Receptions Event Center located 5975 Boymel Drive, Fairfield OH.

For more information and tickets:


Due to weather conditions, the city of Middletown has decided to postpone these events:

Friday, January 12th: 7pm-9pm “Join us for featured speaker and Miami University professor of Musicology- Tammy Kernodle at the Atrium Medical Center Auditorium, 5th floor of the Professional Building.

Saturday, January 13th 9 am to noon.

Public welcome to workshops facilitated by 3R development on topics including health, finance, fatherhood and community visioning.

Noon-1pm Youth oratorical, during which local students will complete on speeches relevant to Martin Luther King Jr’s Message.

Monday, January 15th: An all-day event

Displays commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Atrium Café.


Held at the Booker T Washington Community Center located at:

Marchers are asked to assemble at 10 am and the march will begin at 11 am, The march will conclude at the Pilgrim Baptist Church at:

“Join us on Martin Luther King Jr Day in honor of a true American hero! Open to the public. All welcome! Coffee and donuts will be served at the assembly, courtesy of Miami University.
An inspirational message will be delivered by Dr. David Childs at Pilgrim Baptist Church at the conclusion of the march.


Also, happening in Hamilton-

The studio located at 118 Main Street is offering BOGO

“Painting. Creating. 1/2 price studio fees.
Monday, January 15th from 12-8pm.
May your dreams be as big as Martin Luther King Jr!”



Monday, January 15th, 2018, there will a communitywide celebration at 11 am, at the Shriver Center Dolibois Room located at: 701 E Spring St Oxford, OH- Doors will open at 10 am, the event will begin at 11 am.

Tammy Kernodle, a professor of musicology at Miami will be guest speaking, artwork and writings that were inspired b Dr. King’s life- or that addressed civil and human rights created by the Talawanda school district students will be on display as well. There will also be a free breakfast.

Parking will be free behind the Shriver Center and on Maple St.

Also happening in Oxford, There will “Martin’s Dream Performance at Oxford’s Community Art Center. The performance begins at 7 pm.

Sponsored by the Miami University offices of diversity affairs, the president and residence life; Miami’s Center for American and World Cultures; Talawanda School District; Oxford NAACP; and Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice.


West Chester:  

January 15th, 2018 is the 19th annual Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity event. This free event is held every year to celebrate the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year the event will begin with a morning march on January 15th at the base of the clock tower on The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Dr. Marchers are asked to meet at the clock tower at 10:30 am. Marchers will lead a half mile march to The Lakota High School, concluding at the auditorium for the celebration, on 8940 Centre Blvd.

At 11:15 am the community choir will welcome guests into the auditorium. There will be an awards program featuring entries from the 2017-18 MLK “Making the Grade” youth art and writing contest. Winning students will be presenting their work. Following the awards program, there will be guest speakers, a historical keynote video from Dr. King, and an afternoon luncheon. All are welcomed.

Anyone interested in singing in the community choir should attend rehearsal:

-Thursday, Jan. 11 from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 7393 Dimmick Rd.

-Monday, Jan. 15 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd.

Activities are coordinated by area volunteers, churches, and faith communities in conjunction with the Lakota Local Schools.

For more details, visit the official Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity website at: and Facebook page at 


Photo credit/provided by West Chester Twp, Ohio