Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Annual Martin Luther King Community March Honors Legacy

Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 2023 at 9 a.m.
March Starting/Ending Location: MLK statue at the University of Texas at Austin to south steps of Texas State Capitol to Huston-Tillotson University
Tickets: The march is free and open to the public.
Event Website: mlkcelebration.com  
The Austin Area Heritage Council, in co-sponsorship with the City of Austin, has organized the Annual Martin Luther King Community March. The January 16, 2023 event is free and open to all.
The march will be preceded by a short program at the MLK statue located on the University of Texas at Austin campus at 9 a.m. where Dr. Cherise Smith and Dr. Ted Gordon will offer remarks. The march will reconvene immediately after at the south steps of the Texas State Capitol for a program that will include the Huston-Tillotson choir and comments from Mayor Kirk Watson. Following that, participants will proceed to Huston-Tillotson University, the site of the MLK Community Festival.
Getting To, From and Around the Event
map of the march route and related street impacts is available on the City’s dedicated event page. Take note that there are other activities scheduled in this area on January 16 and travel may be impacted.

Event attendees are encouraged to consider using one of the following transportation options: Ann and Roy Butler hike-and-bike trail (non-motorized vehicles only), CapMetrobicyclingdockless devices, or carpooling.
Health and Safety at the Event
The Austin Police DepartmentAustin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS are working in partnership to create a safe environment in which everyone can enjoy the march and encourage attendees to:

  • Remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to 9-1-1
  • Plan for the weather forecast
  • Stay with your group and have a pre-planned meeting location in case of separation
  • Be mindful of pedestrians, scooter riders, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users when traveling
  • Keep your phone fully charged
  • Download the what3words app to pinpoint and share your location

Austin Public Health recommends limiting close contact to people you know, being fully clothed to avoid skin-to-skin contact with strangers and staying home if you feel sick. Additional guidance can be found here.
About the Austin Area Heritage Council 
The mission of the Austin Area Heritage Council is to encourage interest in all cultures represented in Austin and to celebrate the rich history of Austin. The Heritage Council promotes understanding and respect among all people by creating and supporting multicultural activities as well as highlighting the achievements and talents of all members of the community regardless of race or religion.

About Austin Center for Events

The Austin Center for Events is a collaborative assembly of City of Austin departments and agencies designed to streamline special event permitting on public and private property. ACE is anchored by teams from Austin Public Health, Transportation, Parks, Music, Police, Fire, EMS, Code, Austin Resource Recovery, Development Services, and partner agencies, and works closely with event organizers to guide them through the special event permitting process

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