MLK Observance, 'Remember, Celebrate, Act: A Day On, Not A Day Off'

Stacey Palmer | 1/10/2012, 12:14 p.m.

Jan. 15-22 Events, Activities

Jan. 15

3 p.m.-5 p.m.,The McLean Community Center (Alden Theatre),1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA 22101. www.mcleancenter.org. Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah, 703-790-0123, TTY: 711 sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov

Jan. 16

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade

Lineup starts at 9:30 a.m., Parade at 11 a.m. - Friendship Public Charter School Parade, 645 Milwaukee Place SE. Parade ends: Leckie Elementary School, 4201 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SW. For more information call: (877) 576-5421 or Visit: MLKHolidayParadeDC.org - mlkholidayparadedc.org or facebook.com/mlkHolidayParadeDC

UNCF Prayer Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, MD, http://www.uncf.org/fairfax/Events/mlk.breakfast.jan.16.2012.pdf For tickets or more information, please contact: Juanita Cooper - 202.635.1957 or jboydcooper@verizon.net or Sharon Goodman - 703.205.3504 or sharon.goodman@uncf.org Featured Keynote Speaker: His Excellency Perezi K. Kamunanwire, Ambassador to the United States, Uganda; Mistress of Ceremonies, Pat Lawson Muse, News Anchor, NBC-4 TV. Live Musical Performance.

MLK Prayer Breakfast, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 9 a.m., 1600 Morris Rd. S. E. Donation $35. Call 301-775-2440. Rev. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Speaker Presented by OLPH Women's Ministry.

"Let Freedom Ring" at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 6 p.m.

Free - Tickets are required and will be distributed the day of the event in front of the Concert Hall beginning at 5 p.m.

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in a free Millennium Stage concert.

Family Festival at the Smithsonian (Jan. 14-16), 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The National Museum of American History remembers Martin Luther King's legacy and the contributions of thousands of other Americans to justice and freedom during the Civil Rights Movement with a weekend of special events. Visitors can participate in Student Sit-ins, a Freedom Riders Roundtable Discussion and experience a stirring and inspirational tribute including a dramatic presentation of Dr. King's own words.

Washington National Cathedral

2 p.m.-4 p.m.

People from all walks of life will come together to sing, dance and celebrate the legacy of faith and service left by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Short interfaith reflections will be offered in several faith traditions by Buddhist, Jewish and Christian participants during the program. The celebration is free and open to the public.

Thurgood Marshall Academy

10 a.m. - 12 noon

2427 Martin Luther King Jr., Ave SE, Washington, DC

College Scholarship Event open to its graduating seniors. Thurgood Marshall Academy, Washington, DC's law-themed public charter school, has achieved college acceptance for its first six graduating classes. In order to make college a reality for its predominately low-income students, Thurgood Marshall Academy provides intensive support during the college financial aid application process. As part of this effort, on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday volunteers will help seniors complete scholarship applications to support enrollment in post-secondary education.

Hands-on Greater DC Cares

9 a.m. -1 p.m.

Thirty (30) or more locations throughout the Washington Metro area; listing of locations can be found at: http://www.greaterdccares.org

Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Day Holiday of Service (where more than a 1,600 volunteers will honor the legacy of Dr. King by dedicating their personal time to serve the community at assigned locations throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region)

In Commemoration of the January 2010 Haiti Earthquake on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

3 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Busboys & Poets (Cullen Room) 1025 5th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 More Information: www.busboysandpoets.com

Join TransAfrica and Let Haiti Live for a film festival and discussion about lessons learned, aid accountability and transparency and Haitian responses to the post-Quake reconstruction efforts.

Jan. 17

9 a.m., African American Civil War Museum in conjunction with Vermont Avenue Baptist Church Washington, DC Club presents; Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast: Continuing the Dream, John R. Wheeler Family Life Center,1630 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.

**March to the African American Civil War Memorial Martin Luther King, Jr., Wreath-laying Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Contact Information: African American Civil War Memorial, 1925 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. Phone: 202-667-2667

Julian Bond Presents Norman Scribner with Humanitarian Award at annual MLK Tribute

Jan. 22

7 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond will present retiring Choral Arts Founder and Artistic Director Norman Scribner with the annual humanitarian award. Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr., conductor of the MLK Memorial Dedication Choir will host.