Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the preeminent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1963, he gave the impassioned “I Have a Dream” speech—a call for the end of racism—in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
As part of a March on Washington, he and a group of more than 200,000 who joined him are credited with helping pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination based on race, sex, religion or heritage. Dr. King’s continued campaign of nonviolent activism laid the groundwork for stronger future legislation that prohibited racial discrimination in the voting process. This year, we celebrate his legacy--today--Monday, January 16, 2017.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial
Dr. King is the first African-American to be honored with a memorial on the National Mall and only the fourth non-president to be featured. Powerful quotes offered throughout Dr. King’s mission are on display. The memorial features a stone sculpture of MLK emerging from a mountain referencing this line from his famous speech: “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” A special wreathlaying service will be conducted at the memorial this morning.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Serve DC honors Dr. King’s legacy each year with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. In an effort to promote civic engagement and service throughout the city, they unite volunteers and residents in need for special projects. To learn more about areas where you can help both today and throughout the year, visit Serve DC’s site.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Peace Walk
Annually, the Coalition for Peace arranges a peace walk on MLK Day. Beginning today 10 a.m. on 2500 MLK Ave SE and continuing to the R.I.S.E. center at 2730 MLK Ave SE, this event promotes peace and positivity. Nick Cannon will lead the walk again this year for the second-straight time.
11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Beginning at noon, the 11th annual parade honoring Dr. King in DC kicks off at 2700 MLK Ave SE and continues on to Anacostia Park. The parade symbolizes that there is still work to be done, and we must march toward the goal of justice. Anyone who embodies that message is welcome to join the parade.
MLK Festival and Health Fair
The parade concludes at Good Hope Road SE, where you will find the MLK Festival and Health Fair. Housed in a large, heated tent, you are welcome to join together with others, enjoy entertainment and receive information from government organizations and healthcare providers.
Music Commemorating MLK Day 2017
The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University honor Dr. King’s legacy with a musical performance titled Let Freedom Ring! Featuring the great Gladys Knight and the Let Freedom Ring Choir, this event will also honor the latest recipient of the annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award. Each year, the award is given to a person whose actions have demonstrated the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in honor of the ground-breaking Georgetown Hoyas former basektball coach. Tickets are required, but they will be distributed free of charge beginning at 4:30 pm and continuing as long as seats are still available.
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