The movement to establish a holiday honoring the late, great, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began days after his tragic assassination in 1968. However, it would take 15 years and mounting public pressure (including civil rights marches) before President Ronald Reagan would eventually sign the holiday legislation into law in 1983.
Since Dr. King’s birthday on the 15th was considered too close to Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the official date for the federal Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was moved to the third Monday in January. Here are a few ways you can celebrate and help remember the legacy of an American icon in Baltimore, MD today.
MLK Day Celebration 2017
At 830 E. Pratt Street, you’ll be able to join the MLK Day Celebration 2017 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the festivities run from noon to 4 p.m. The event features a variety of presentations focused on Dr. King’s enduring message of peace and equality including films, crafts, live performances and discussions. The unifying theme for this year’s event, “Keep Moving Forward,” is based on this quote from Dr. King: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
MLK Parade 2017
The 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade begins at noon on MLK Day in Baltimore. Beginning at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, you’ll see more than 70 groups marching to commemorate Dr. King’s impact on our nation. This year’s grand marshal is Baltimore native Brave Williams. The singer/songwriter was a founding member of the all-girl group Rich Girl, and she was cast as a lead singer on P. Diddy’s Making The Band. Other participants in the parade include high school and community bands, dance squads, civic groups and more.
Other MLK Activities in Baltimore
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum on East North Avenue is open on MLK day in Baltimore from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum features exhibits designed to provide additional insight into African American history, serving to inspire today’s youth with exemplary role models. The American Visionary Art Museum on Key Highway is celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and filled with activities and events that honor Dr. King’s legacy including guided tours, music, workshops and special performances.
ezStorage wishes you well on this day dedicated to equality, peace, progress and remembering an American hero. Happy MLK day to all of our friends and neighbors in the greater Baltimore area.