Jan 13, 2023 - Things to Do

MLK Jr. weekend events in Des Moines

Photo illustration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and children holding "I am a Man" signs with the WashingtonMonument in the background.

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πŸ₯« A variety of Ankeny nonprofits and churches are hosting clothing and food drives at their locations from 9am to noon. Details here.


🏠 The Jordan House in West Des Moines is hosting a free open house and book giveaway from 1pm-3pm. The historic home was a stopover for the Underground Railroad.


🍳 The YMCA is hosting a prayer breakfast at 7:30am at the Knapp Center at Drake. Tickets are available here.

🍎 Volunteers are needed to package food for Meals from the Heartland at 357 Lincoln Street in West Des Moines. Shifts are available from 9am to 4:30pm. Sign up here.

🀝 Community Youth Concepts is hosting several MLK Jr. Day service projects from 1pm-4pm at King Elementary in Des Moines. Sign up here.

πŸ’» The Iowa Department of Human Rights is hosting a virtual MLK event at 10:45 am. Watch on the group's page here.

πŸŽ‰ West Des Moines is hosting an MLK Day Celebration Event, including keynote remarks by Dau Jok, WDM school's DEI executive director. 4:30pm-6pm at the MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex.

πŸ“š The Ankeny library is hosting an MLK vigil at 5pm.


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