What to know about the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march, convocation in Nashville on Jan. 20

Nashville MLK Day
MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid will be the keynote speaker at the the 31st annual Nashville Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 20. (Courtesy Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship)

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid will be the keynote speaker at the the 31st annual Nashville Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 20. (Courtesy Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship)

The Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship is hosting a ceremonial march Jan. 20 honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that will take participants from Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church to Tennessee State University.

Following the march, which begins at 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of 28th Avenue North and Jefferson Street, MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid will serve as the 31st annual event's keynote speaker at TSU’s Gentry Center Complex, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville.

“The IMF is more than thrilled to have Joy-Ann Reid this year and we are looking forward to her perspective on the legacy that Dr. King left for us to continue,” IMF President Rev. James C. Turner II said in a news release. “As a leader in the journalism field, it is ideal to hear from her perspective when freedom of speech has been tested among her profession. This national holiday is a ‘day on,’ not a ‘day off’ to serve, celebrate and commemorate the important work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ms. Reid will bring a powerful view of today’s view of the work done and that which has yet to be accomplished.”

Gov. Bill Lee, Mayor John Cooper, Metro Nashville Council members and other city leaders will be in attendance at the event, according to the release. Nashville's MLK Day celebration has been organized by the IMF since 1989.

A road closure will be in place on Jefferson Street from 27th Avenue North to 28th Avenue during the event, according to Metro Nashville Public Works.


See the full schedule for Nashville's MLK Day celebration below. To learn more about other activities leading up to the event, visit www.mlkdaynashville.com.

Youth rally

8:30-10 a.m.

Jefferson Street Baptist Church

2708 Jefferson St., Nashville

Ceremonial march to TSU's Gentry Center Complex

10:15 a.m.

The march will begin at the intersection of 28th and Jefferson Street.

Convocation with keynote speaker Joy-Ann Reid

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Gentry Center Complex

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville


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