Thousands took part in Dayton’s MLK Day march in January 2017. Photo by Marshall Gorby

Monday’s MLK March in Dayton will go on despite weather, organizer says

The MLK Dayton Memorial March will still happen as planned, Kimberly Gaither said Sunday afternoon. A wind chill advisory could leave temperatures feeling as low as -20 degrees Monday.

“Bundle up,” Gaither said. The march will start at 10 a.m. at the Charles R. Drew Health Center at 1323 W. Third St. and head to the Dayton Convention Center downtown.

There will also be free RTA shuttles from the Dayton Convention Center to the Dr. Charles R Drew Health Center where the march will begin that participants can take advantage of to stay out of the cold a little longer.

RTA shuttle service from the end of the march and rally will run from 10:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

There may be service delays and rolling route deviations due to the MLK Jr. Day March. For assistance in planning your trip, visit and consult the “Saturday Service” section.

The MLK Musical scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday has been rescheduled to Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, she said, but all Monday events are still operating as scheduled.

Here’s more details on Monday’s events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

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• 10 a.m. — MLK Dayton Memorial March and Rally, begins at Charles R. Drew Health Center, 1323 W. Third St.

• 11 a.m. — MLK Dayton Youth Celebration at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St. Speaker is Rev. Jeremiah Lewis. Event is free.

• 6 p.m. — MLK Dayton Celebration Banquet at the Dayton Convention Center. Speaker is Fred David Gray and cost is $75 per person.

For more information please contact Kimberly Gaither at 210-557-2121.

Sinclair’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Commemorative Walk

Join with Sinclair Community College students, colleagues and their families for this annual event that commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. today in Building 12, Great Hall.

The program starts at 9:45 a.m., and includes a presentation by Sinclair Professor Emeritus Jack Bennett. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Times are approximate. Please dress appropriately.

Registration is requested; visit

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UD annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Speaker

University of Dayton Speaker Series & Annual MLK Commemorative talk features Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. Tatum is the best-selling author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and the president emerita of Spelman College. A book signing will follow her presentation.

The event is at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom at the University of Dayton and it is free to the public.

For additional information or special accommodations, please contact the office of the provost at 937-229-2245.

Wittenberg Series-Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

The Wittenberg University Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation will feature Adam Foss as this year’s guest speaker. He is the former assistant district attorney of Suffolk County in Boston, an advocate for criminal justice reform and founder of Prosecutor Impact.

He was recognized by the Mandela Foundation as the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year.

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This event will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, at Wittenberg University. Convocation begins at 11:15 a.m. in Weaver Chapel; at 2:45 p.m. there will be a Q&A session with Foss in Room 105 of the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning on campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit


City celebration

The cities of Trotwood and Clayton will team up to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

There will be music by Tommy J. McGuffey II, an MLK message from Elder Norman J. Scearce and students from Trotwood and Northmont will present a project collaboratively. Citizens from both cities will be honored.

This event is free to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at 3035 Olive Road in Trotwood.


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