'SHARING THE DREAM': The New Orleans Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Orleans Parish Library, will host the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration at the East New Orleans Regional Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. The program theme is “Sharing the Dream.” It will feature a keynote speech by A Scribe Called Quess?, along with a drum and dance performance by Bamboula 2000.

KING-CHAVEZ LUNCHEON: The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.–César Chávez Commemorative Luncheon will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 12, at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. Admission is $25. For more information, email violatjohnson@gmail.com.

MLK IN KENNER: Kenner City Council member Gregory W. Carroll, Brother Robert Fisher, the Rev. Byron Clay and Ginny "Dove" Richard will be the speakers during a Martin Luther King Jr. event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Resource Center, 1042 31st St., Kenner. For information, call (504) 466-0698.

CIVIL RIGHTS IN SONG: Local vocalists and musicians will lead a community-sing featuring songs and chants from the Civil Rights Movement from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. The community is invited to join in the celebration, which closes with the singing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

IN NEW ORLEANS: The City of New Orleans celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. at the historic Al Davis Park, 2600 Lasalle St., from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15.

BLOCK PARTY: Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated with a community block party. It will be held at the historic Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15.

DAY OF HEALING CONCERT: A National Day of Racial Healing concert will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Foundation for Louisiana presents Jazz and gospel artist Lizz Wright, plus local guest performers and speakers. foundationforlouisiana.org.

ART EXHIBIT: The opening of the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Art Exhibition takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. Presented by the N.O. Chapter of the National Conference of Artists, the theme is from the last speech Dr. King wrote: "Why America May Go to Hell: Standing in Times of Challenge and Controversy." This exhibition will be among the first activities observing New Orleans' Tricentennial Celebration. Included in the event are a panel discussion and a presentation by the winner of the essay competition. The exhibit continues through March 31.