Celebrating the King

WI Staff | 1/10/2010, 1:10 p.m.

Local Events to Commemorate the Martin Luther King Holiday


2010 Annual Civil Rights Film Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Frederick Douglas National Historic Site, 1411 W St., SE., DC. View films highlighting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.€s life and contributions. For more information: 202-426-5961

Holiday Weekend Family Festival
10a.m. to 5:30 p.m., National Museum of American History. During this three-day celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the museum will present special programs, performances and activities focused on stories of freedom and justice. Visitors can sing along with familiar songs like €We Shall Not Be Moved€ and €This Little Light of Mine,€ and lesser-know songs created by students who changed the words to popular songs of the day.


Youth Symposium

9:00am-2:00pm Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School 2427 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, Washington, DC 20020 Volunteer Hours available for participants.


*Annual Gospel Music Concert (Free Admission)

Time: 3:30pm €" 7:00pm Mount Pleasant Baptist Church -- 215 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC Rev. Terry D. Streeter, Host Pastor


Interfaith Prayer, Peace and Praise Service (Free Admission)

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm, Rev. A.C. Durant, Host Pastor, 10th Street Baptist Church, 1000 "R" Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

**Immediately following the Inter-Faith Service, we encourage everyone to join us for a
Commemorative €Dr. King March€ to the Wreath Laying Ceremony.

Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk
Join the Coalition for Peace at the Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk on Monday, January 18, 2010. The two-mile walk will begin at the Bethlehem Baptist Church/United Black Fund Lot at 2500 Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., S.E. at 10 a.m. and will end at Covenant Baptist Church, 3845 South Capitol Street, S.W. For more information or to register your organization for the Peace Walk call 202-561-4100 or visit www.mlkpeacewalk.org.

Martin Luther King Breakfast
The Sons of Varick at John Wesley AME Zion Church will host the 11th Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major breakfast celebration at 9 a.m. on January 18th at Union Wesley AME Zion Church located at 1860 Michigan Ave. N.E. For more information call 202-667-3824.

Martin Luther King Jr. March and Wreath Laying Ceremony
African-American Civil War Memorial (Free Admission)
Hon. Frank Smith, Jr., Chairperson (Special guest; Mass 54th regiment) Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm Vermont Avenue & "U" Street, NW **Reception to follow.

Lincoln Memorial
1 p.m. Lincoln Memorial, 23rd and Independence Avenues, N.W., DC. The National Park Service will place a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial, on the steps where Dr. King gave his 1963 speech. Students from Watkins Elementary School recite the €I Have a Dream€ speech.

Multi-Cultural Celebration Performance at the Historic Lincoln Theatre*
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm **Ticketed Event
1215 "U" Street NW, Washington, DC, Dr. King Student Scholarships and 2010 Dream Keepers Award Presentations, Hosts: TBD

Local & National Performers:
Harpist Rashida Jolley (America€s Got Talent) The Natural Soul Band
Beat Ya Feet Kings (America€s Best Dance Crew) Northwestern High School Choir
Joshua Wheeler €" Michael Jackson rendition Trinidad & Tobago Band
JEWELS N abunDance Cardozo High School Jr. ROTC
Chris €Sista Souljah€ Jackson Body Works Dance Troup
Monet Jackson

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 6 p.m. The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration in honor of Dr. King€s legacy. Free tickets distributed the day of the event in front of the concert hall beginning at 10 a.m.