A guide to local events on Martin Luther King Day
Today marks the twenty-sixth Martin Luther King Day since it's founding in 1986. The third Monday of every January is dedicated to one of our nation's heroes, who is credited with spreading peace, justice and tolerance throughout the United States.
MLK Memorial – Jan. 15 – 16
A wreath is being set out at the recently opened MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C. One can walk around the memorial, reading some of King's most influential quotes and observing the memorial's impressive architecture. Be mindful of the quote on the "Stone of Hope," the memorial's centerpiece, as it is being changed later this year after sparking controversy across the nation. The quote reads, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness," an edited part of his quote in his 1968 "Drum Major" speech.
The Kennedy Center – Jan. 16
The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University are presenting "Let Freedom Ring," a musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The event features Bobby McFerrin and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Tickets are free and the show begins at 6 p.m.
MLK Parade – Jan. 16
The thirty-fourth annual MLK parade will include several marching bands, and feature representatives from local Asian, Jamaican, Bolivian and African American communities. The parade began at 11 a.m. in D.C. at the intersection of Milwaukee place and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., much of South Capitol St. and MLK Ave. will be closed.
American Film Institute (AFI) – Jan. 16
The AFI is screening a documentary compilation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, "King: A Filmed Record." It is a one-day special which includes footage from his most famous speeches, boycotts and marches. Tickets are free the day of the event.
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