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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations

WI Staff | 1/13/2010, 4:05 p.m.
January 15...
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project dedication daannounced

January 15
2010 Annual Civil Rights Film Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St., S.E. View films that highlight the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, call 202-426-5961.

Holiday Weekend Family Festival
10 a.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 join in on favorite songs that include €We Shall Not Be Moved€ and €This Little Light of Mine,€ along with lesser-known songs created by students who have changed the words to reflect popular songs of the day.

Saturday, January 16
Youth Symposium
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, 2427 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Southeast. Volunteer hours available for participants.

Sunday, January 17

*Annual Gospel Music Concert (Free Admission)
3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 215 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. The Rev. Terry D. Streeter, Host Pastor

Monday, January 18

Interfaith Prayer, Peace and Praise Service (Free Admission)
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tenth Street Baptist Church, 1000 R Street, N.W.
The Rev. A.C. Durant, Host Pastor.
**Immediately following the Interfaith service, the public is encouraged to join the church 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. The two-mile walk will begin at the Bethlehem Baptist Church/United Black Fund Lot at 2500 Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue in Southeast at 10 a.m. and will end at Covenant Baptist Church, 3845 South Capitol Street in Southwest. 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 18 at Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Avenue in Northeast For more information call 202-667-3824.

Martin Luther King Jr. March and Wreath Laying Ceremony

African-American Civil War Memorial (Free Admission)
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Vermont Avenue & U Street in Northwest.
The Hon. Frank Smith, Jr., Chairperson (Special guest; Mass 54th regiment) **Reception to follow.

Lincoln Memorial

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

Multi-Cultural Celebration Performance at the Historic Lincoln Theatre*

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. **Ticketed Event
1215 U Street in Northwest. 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

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.