The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in Billings comes with many options to celebrate. A number of local organizations including the Black Heritage Foundation, Coalition for American Renewal, Service for Peace and a variety of churches are hosting social justice events throughout the month, including the January 17th Service Day at the Friendship House from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Enjoy a plated dinner and entertainment at the Billings Food Bank in the evening for just $25. You’ll find interfaith programs hosted by local churches at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on January 16th, which leads up to the big peace march on January 17th at the Courthouse lawn starting at 6:15 p.m. The brisk walk is followed by a program with keynote speakers at the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts.

How Will You Commemorate?

Watch for non-perishable food drive bins at organizations and businesses in Billings throughout the month of January. All proceeds benefit a local senior center. Nearby, Montana State University is also hosting events during the week leading up to MLK Jr. Day. Equality, diversity, and honoring the work of Dr. King is at the core of every MSU event.

Peaks to Plains Park on the MSU campus offers a bell-ringing ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on January 17th with speakers, blessings and a keynote address. How will you remember the life and works of Dr. King while in Billings?