ST. LOUIS – The life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored Monday across the St. Louis region.

One of the events honoring King’s life is the annual MLK Day 5K run and walk at Heman Park in University City. It is set to begin at 8 a.m.

Festivities began Sunday at Fountain Park in St. Louis with the annual MLK Peace Walk. Many will likely stop by the park Monday to admire the lone statue in Missouri of Dr. King.

There’s a name change for one event. The MLK Motorcade is now the MLK Votercade. That celebration will still be held at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis.

While St. Louis Public Schools will be closed, Kirkwood schools will recognize Dr. King with a drive-through event.

The Urban League will lead an event as well that starts at its headquarters at 1408 North Kingshighway Blvd. They’ll serve up to 2,500 families with food, toiletries, and PPE materials from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Other events celebrating MLK Day include:

  • MLK Day Little Libraries will be placed along the greenway on the Hodiamont Tracks in seven North Central neighborhoods: Vandeventer, Academy, Fountain Park, Visitation, Lewis Place, West End, Covenant-Blu Grand Center by the Saint Louis Association of Community Organizations.
  • UMSL hosts a virtual event at 11 a.m. celebrating MLK Day. Click here to join.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee, in partnership with East St. Louis School District 189 will host a virtual celebration at 12 p.m. Click here to join.
  • Gateway Pet Guardians are participating in a community-wide clean-up from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at their Pet Resource Center in East St. Louis.