Savannah celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a variety of events, including the annual parade, eye-opening film screenings, a free community dinner and more.
7 p.m. Jan. 11. Savannah State University, King-Frazier Student Center Ballroom. The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance program and candlelight vigil features guest speaker Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Walter E. Gaskin. Free and open to the public. Go to savannahstate.edu.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 13. Forsyth Park. Proceeds from the sixth annual Unity 5K on MLK and Music Festival benefit local nonprofit Blessings in a Bookbag. Entry into the 5K is $35-$40. The music festival starting at 10 a.m. is free. There is also a Little Mr. and Miss MLK Day pageant for ages 5-10; entry fee is $25. Go to blessingsinabookbag.org. Read Do's full story on this event here.
10 a.m. Jan. 15. The Dr. Martin LuÂther King Jr. Observance Day Parade showcases hundreds of community entries. Volunteers are needed to assist in organizing and staging. The parade begins at the intersection of East Broad and Liberty streets and proceeds north on East Broad to East Oglethorpe; west to Price; north to East Broughton; and west to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., ending at West Anderson Street. Free and open to the public. Go to mlkingsavannah.com.
2 p.m. Jan. 15. Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris St. Huxsie Scott in concert with the Savannah State Concert Choir. Free and open to the public. Go to mlkingsavannah.com.
2 p.m. Jan. 15. Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs, 510 E. Charlton St. The ninth annual Martin Luther King Community Dinner follows the MLK parade. Free hot meals and a VIP screening of the documentary "The Last Days of King." Free and open to the public. Go to savannahfeedthehungry.net.
6 p.m. Jan. 15. The Stage on Bay, 1200 W. Bay St. Screening of the documentary "Whose Streets?" focused on the residents of Ferguson, Mo. Tickets are $20 or $35 for VIP at savconcerts.com. Read Do's full story on this event here.