Each year on the third Monday of January, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored for his commitment to freedom and equality for all. Here are some programs going on through the weekend in honor of the civil rights leader, who would have turned 85 this year. Events are free unless otherwise noted.
'A CONTINUING LEGACY'
A King confidante, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Georgia congressman Andrew Young, shares his memories of working with King and his experiences throughout the civil rights movement. Friday at 8 p.m. Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123. www.aldentheatre.org. $20.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL
Free programs at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial include discussions on King's visits to the District, ranger-led book talks, walking tours and more. Friday-Monday. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. 202-426-6841. www.nps.gov/mlkm.
REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM
Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum hosts activities throughout the weekend, including a living history program on Rosa Parks and a screening of "MLK: The Assassination Tapes." Museum admission will be $5 on Jan. 20 as part of King's birthday celebration, which features a screening of "The MLK Streets Project" and a portrayal of King by actor David Mills. Visitors who register for either of the lectures on Jan. 18 will receive free admission. Saturday-Monday, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $8, $6 age 65 and older, ages 7 to 17 and students with ID, free age 6 and younger. 443-263-1800. www.rflewismuseum.org.
RESTON DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Reston Community Center hosts programs throughout the weekend including a sing-a-long, lunch and keynote address with members of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a performance by the Reston Community Orchestra, children’s activities, a commemorative march and more. Saturday-Monday. Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. Free-$10.
PORTRAIT STORY DAYS: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Grab the kids and stop by the National Portrait Gallery for one of the museum's regular family programs. Little ones will get the chance to learn about King through "Martin's Big Words," a children's book by Doreen Rappaport, and take part in art activities based on the book. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Museum visitors can also visit the "One Life: Martin Luther King Jr." exhibition, on view through June 1. Saturday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.npg.si.edu.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CONCERT
Howard University's Afro Blue jazz ensemble performs a free concert in honor of King, including spirituals, jazz standards and "Martin's Theme," which incorporates King's 1957 "Loving Your Enemies" sermon. Sunday at 4 p.m. All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW. 202-332-5266. www.all-souls.org.
‘KING AND MANDELA’: AN INTERPLAY CELEBRATION AND POTLUCK
Join Interplay DC for music, dance and storytelling in honor of King and Nelson Mandela. Guests are asked to contribute $35-$50 and a dish for the potluck. Monday, 10 a.m. – 4:30p.m. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. 301-949-1412. www.interplay.org.
MLK JR. FAMILY DAY
The Walters Art Museum hosts a day of programs including a performance by Philadelphia Dance Company Illstyle and Peace, an open mike session, arts activities and a scavenger hunt. Visitors can also view a recording of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000. www.thewalters.org.
'KING: A FILMED RECORD . . . MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS'
Directed by the late Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, "Montogmery to Memphis" is a documentary featuring footage of King's activism from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the 1950s to the "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Paul Newman and others narrate the 1970 film. Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE
Baltimore's 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade features marching bands, dance squads and more. Monday at noon. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Eutaw Street, Baltimore. www.promotionandarts.org.
WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
The cathedral honors King through performances by Howard University's gospel choir, the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, the Washington Youth Choir and spoken word reflections by local high school students. Monday at 2 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org. Donations of children’s books or non-perishable food items are requested.
'LET FREEDOM RING'
Grammy winner Dionne Warwick joins members of the Let Freedom Ring Choir for this 13th annual concert at the Kennedy Center. Free tickets are required and will be distributed to guests on a first-come, first-served basis Monday at 5 p.m. in the Hall of Nations. Monday at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.