812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

Presented by: MLK Birthday Celebration Commission

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater


Monday, January 21st 6:00 pm No Tickets Needed


This program begins at 7pm, with a reception at 6pm. Both the reception and program are free and open to the public. 

Keynote Speaker Janai Nelso

Mayor John Hamilton invites the community to attend the 2019 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. The celebration begins with a reception at 6pm, followed by the official program at 7pm. The program includes remarks by Mayor Hamilton, members of the MLK Commission, and others. The theme is “racial equality and justice.” Janai Nelson will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Musical performers will include the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble, directed by Dr. Raymond Wise, and Fairview Elementary students. Volunteers who participated in “A Day ON! Not A Day Off” will be recognized, and the winner of the Commission’s Legacy Award will be announced. The 6pm reception will feature light refreshments. This event is free to the public, and does not require a ticket. Doors to the theater will open at 5:30pm.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block off the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy may be taken into the auditorium. Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs. Please contact the box office at 812.323.3020 to purchase those seats. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission seeks to promote and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and promote the acceptance of diversity in the community. The Commission sponsors events and programs to commemorate the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, including a volunteer service day initiative “A Day ON! Not a Day Off”, “40 Days of Peace”, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award, and the annual community-wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. The Commission also sponsors events throughout the year which promote justice, racial harmony and equal opportunity.

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