A graphic with an illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. that states 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week.

The City will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in numerous ways. Foremost is its partnership with the University for Human Rights Week. There are also events being held by the Iowa City Public Library. City Hall, and various other City facilities, will be closed for the holiday as well.


UI Human Rights Week

Youth Leadership Summit and Skate Party

A schedule of the Youth Summit event.

POSTPONED: From 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. Summit and party held for those in school from 7th grade to 12 grade. At the summit, youth can learn how to apply their strengths towards various types of activism: Community Organizing, Arts and Music, and Advocacy in the Schools. The skate party runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Registration is required.

Day of Service

From noon to 2 p.m., Jan. 17, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. There will be in-person and virtual options for the Day of Service. Activities include literacy kit assembly, tie blanket creation, jewelry making, social justice art collage work, climate action projects, a food and undergarment drive, and a DJ performance.

Check back later at this page or mlk.uiowa.edu for more information. 


Iowa City Public Library events

Teen Art Drop-In- MLK Art

From noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at ICPL. Every Monday, the Teen Space at the Library is open for art of all types. The week of MLK Day, the space will be creating some non-violent protest art in honor of Dr. King. Teens are also welcome to bring an art project they're working on. The Teen Space will have supplies on hand. All artistic voices are welcome and no experience or registration is necessary.

MLK Day Family Storytime

From 10:30-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at ICPL. As part of Family Storytime, learn about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, short films, and a service activity in the Library's Storytime Room. 

Family Storytime is recommended for all ages and includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities. Masks are required for ages 2+. If you need disability-related accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the Library: 319-356-5200.