CEDO in partnership with ECHO, Burlington Parks Rec. and Waterfront (BPRW),  the Fletcher Free Library and Burlington Racial Equity Inclusion and Belonging (REIB) to host the VIRTUAL Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Community Celebration.  This event is part of a nationwide initiative to make MLK Day a “day on, not a day off” in which communities engage their citizens in meaningful service and reflection. Due to COVID, this year looks a little different. Come celebrate and learn with us!

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


MLK DAY 2022 Event Schedule


Community Events

MLK Celebration at ECHO


Hosted by ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Every year ECHO celebrates MLK Jr. Day with free admission and family-friendly scheduled activities throughout the day in partnership with CEDO. Due to COVID, this year looks a little different. ECHO will still offer free admission throughout the day, but events will take place online. Click the link below for more information on their event offerings and free MLK-themed art activities available to be picked up at ECHO and other locations.


Streamed over YouTube

Sunday, January 16th: 

3 pm: Panel Discussion: What Would Dr. King Say if He Was Alive Today?
by The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center
Panel: T.J. Donovan, Moise St. Louis, Chol Dhoor, Henri Sparks, and Bor Yang
Moderator: Patrick Brown
Closing Speaker: Tim Wise

Monday, January 17th:

12 pm: Musical & Spoken Word Celebration by Clemmons Family Farm




MLK Celebration at UVM

The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is excited to announce UVM’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote. This year’s speaker is Damon A. Williams, Ph.D., best-selling author of Strategic Diversity Leadership and The Chief Diversity Officer and one of the original architects of the Inclusive Excellence Concept in American Higher Education. A global thought leader, Dr. Williams has worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, foundations, and government agencies as a guest speaker, strategist, educator, and social impact trailblazer.

Please join the UVM community for his keynote presentation, “Looking Back, and Looking Ahead: Manifesting the Dream of Inclusive Excellence” to be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 4:00-5:30 PM at the Ira Allen Chapel and via live stream.


To celebrate the enduring legacy of Dr. King, CEDO, in collaboration with REIB, BPRW, and ECHO, has curated a list of notable locations around Burlington with cultural and historical significance in regard to the ongoing struggle for equality for all. Please find below a link to our digital map of ‘Community Treasures’.


Community Treasures Map




Community Treasures Map

Share your adventures using the Community Treasures Map with us using the #BTVTreasures Hashtag! For a limited time, use the password MLK to receive a complimentary hot chocolate at Scout to honor MLK Day and celebrate the launch of our Community Treasures Map!