UPDATED: 9:29 a.m. January 19, 2015
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Americans across the country are coming together for a day of service and to honor the birth of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr.
Throughout the D.C. area, there are events and celebrations planned to remember the man who fought for justice and equality with nonviolent marches, protests, and boycotts in the 1950s and 1960s.
Here is a list of the best events in the region:
Catholic University Service
More than 750 students, faculty, and staff from The Catholic University of America are expected to serve neighbors in need on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Volunteers — including University President John Garvey’s wife, Jeanne — will assemble in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center this morning and then fan out across Washington, D.C.
More than 15 buses will transport volunteers to some of the 23 sites Catholic University is partnering with that day.
Many of those sites include parks that volunteers will help clean and restore. Other volunteers will travel by foot to sites nearby, including Little Sisters of the Poor Residence and Beacon House.
Latin American Youth Center to Host MLK Day of Remembrance
The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) will host its fourth annual remembrance celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
It will be held at Buck Lodge Middle School on 2611 Buck Lodge Road in Adelphi, Md.
The event incorporates educational and enrichment activities for middle and high school youth in Prince George’s County.
The celebration aims to inspire young people to continue to work toward social equality and to reflect on the importance of civil rights in their communities.
LAYC will welcome Maryland Senator Victor R. Ramirez of District 47 as the keynote speaker.
The event is free and open to the public.
Montgomery County Plans Day of Service
Montgomery County’s Day of Service activities, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, will take place at several sites throughout the county.
Locations, times and registration information can be found at their website.
Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center will coordinate indoor, family-friendly service projects from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
Projects include tying paracord bracelets for members of the military, preparing bagged lunches for County shelters, creating fleece blankets for Montgomery Hospice, making pet toys for local animal shelters, assembling snow day boxes for Meals on Wheels, decorating holiday cards for seniors and assembling care kits for foster children.
Other sites with multiple service projects for all ages include the Seneca Creek Community Church located at 13 Firstfield Rd. in Gaithersburg, from 9 to 11 a.m.; and the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, from 10 a.m. to noon.
These three locations will also be collection sites for non-perishable food donations for the Manna Food Center.
In addition, the Bethesda Marriott and Silver Spring locations will also accept new and gently used sleeping bags, blankets and new socks for the homeless.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony to Celebrate ‘A Beloved Community’
Rockville will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with performances and awards recognizing Rockville community members who are carrying on King’s legacy.
The 43rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. at Richard Montgomery High School.
The celebration will include diverse, interactive and multicultural performances by Motion and Vision Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Urban Artistry hip hop dancers, Kiamsha theatrical group, Arte Flamenco, Glorystar Children’s Chorus and more.
The featured speaker, Patrice Gaines, is a journalist, author and motivational speaker.
The celebration will also feature the presentation of two awards. The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award will be presented to a Rockville high school student who has worked to fulfill King’s dream. The F. Michael Taff Award will be presented to an individual, organization or business that has helped improve the quality of the lives of people with disabilities.
The celebration is free and open to all ages. A reception will follow.
28th Annual We Feed Our People
We Feed Our People will serve hot meals and provide warm clothes today to the District’s homeless and underserved to honor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.
Free meals and clothing will be distributed at two locations: the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library located at 901 G Street N.W. between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.; and the historic Anacostia neighborhood near the Big Chair at the intersection of Martin Luther King Ave. and V Street S.E. between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
We Feed Our People is collecting gently-worn winter clothing, professional attire, toiletries, and non-perishable food.
Governor-Elect Hogan to Attend Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Governor-elect Larry Hogan will attend the 32nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Monday at the Martin’s Crosswind Conference Center in Greenbelt, Md.
15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
This festive parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Milwaukee Place S.E. will be celebrating the life and triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with lively marching bands, cultural dancers, well-known local personalities and plenty of community spectators.
More than 50 groups will march in honor of one of America’s most influential civil rights leaders.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts will host the 15th annual parade.
The mayor will join community organizations, performance groups, and residents from across the city to honor the life of Dr. King from 11:30 a.m.
The parade begins at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street.
“Let Freedom Ring” Musical Celebration
This musical celebration hosted by the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University is honoring Dr. King’s efforts and strides in the advancement of civil rights through nonviolence.
Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole and the Let Freedom Ring Choir will render a musical tribute in honor of Dr. King under the choir direction of Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr.
During the event, the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award will be conferred. Each year, Georgetown University awards this special honor to an inspirational local community leader who is striving to solve key issues affecting the District.
This year’s recipient is Bread for the City CEO George Jones.
The “Let Freedom Ring” concert at 6 p.m. is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed two per person on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 5 p.m.
The event will be held at the Concert Hall at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Youth Oratorical Competition
At 12:00 p.m., U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner will deliver remarks at the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Day Annual Program and Youth Oratorical Competition.
Senator Warner will join the women of the Prince William County Delta Sigma Theta Alumni Association.
The event will be held at Cecil D. Hylton Memorial Chapel on 14640 Potomac Mills Rd. in Woodbridge, Va.
Baltimore Children’s Museum Port Discovery
Port Discovery will be free on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
There will be featured exhibits, including information on quilt-making with the African-American Quilters of Baltimore.
Visitors can also see memorabilia from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and meet Luther Atkinson, a former player.
Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Baltimore will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with art shows, performances, children’s activities and roundtable discussions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
The museum will host a roundtable discussion Monday about civil rights and the evolving relationship between the police and the populace in light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The discussion will feature Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, Councilman Nick Mosby and others.
The museum is also hosting an a cappella quartet, a group comprised of drummers and poets and a storytelling group that will share oral histories of figures active in the civil rights movement.
The museum will also unveil a community quilt and encourage visitors to post their feelings and thoughts on a “Face It” wall.
Md. Officials to Hold Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Maryland officials will observe the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a wreath-laying ceremony.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland will hold the event Monday night for the annual ceremony.
The ceremony will take place at the memorial oak tree on the grounds of the Maryland State House.
The event will include some brief remarks from Maryland officials, as well as a recital of famous quotations from King’s speeches.
President, First Lady and Vice President to Celebrate Day of Service
To honor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and Dr. King’s life and legacy, the President and First Lady, the Vice President and other officials will participate in community service projects and events.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a community service project at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at the Organization of Minority Women’s 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.
The breakfast, which takes place at the Chase Center on Wilmington’s Riverfront, will commemorate the legacy of the great ‘Drum Major of Justice for all People,’ the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and will pay tribute to the late State Representatives Al and Hazel D. Plant.
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