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Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events


The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, right, and Bishop Julian Smith, left, flank Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during a civil rights march in Memphis, Tenn., March 28, 1968. (Jack Thornell - AP)
A roundup of the weekend’s events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Friday, Jan. 13

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring Dr. King’s speeches, “The Great March to Freedom” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and Robert F. Kennedy’s eulogy. 10-11:30 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free; register by this Thursday. 703-228-4403.

“The Color of Justice,” for students in grades 3-9, follow the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education in which the “separate but equal” doctrine of school segregation was challenged. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $6. 301- 277-1711.

Martin Luther King, Jr. program, reminisce about Dr. King and his march. 10:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-228-6300.

Anacostia Community Museum’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program, The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum hosts an event with remarks by Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The evening also includes a step performance by the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 7 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free, reservations suggested. 202-633-4875 or http://anacostia.si.edu.

“Reaching for Peace” Shabbat Ruach, in honor of the life’s work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Choir and band performances join together to share in the Jewish Shabbat celebration. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Rd., Chevy Chase. Admission, free. Contact Susan Zemsky at 301-587-2273 or http://www.templeshalom.net/.

Saturday, Jan. 14

King Day of Service, make your own “I Have a Dream” catcher and participate in the “Valentines for Veterans” service project in recognition of Dr. King’s commitment to service. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Admission, free. 301-686-0225.

MLK Days, help create a peace wheel. Artists Brynda Ambush Harrison and Slim Harrison also play peace songs from around the world on a variety of instruments. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Adults $3, seniors $2, students free. 410-326-4640.

African American “Read-In,” meet authors and enjoy family reading time in celebration of MLK Day. 12:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

MLK Community Discussion, a lively discussion based on one of Dr. King’s quotes. 1 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Musical Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, by the Reston Community Orchestra, the Heritage Signature Chorale and song stylist Beverly Cosham, featuring works by African American composers. 6 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. Free, donations are appreciated. 571-449-7095 or www.restoncommunityorchestra.org.

Sunday, Jan. 15

9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, Ed Jackson, executive architect of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, speaks about the events leading up to the dedication of the memorial. Also includes performances by the Richmond Boys Choir and Taritibu, an African dance group. 3 p.m., McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $5, $3 for age 10 and younger. 703-790-0123 or www.mcleancenter.org/special-events.asp.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Wilmer Leon, Larry Bland and the Volunteer Choir, dance by Urban Artistry, storytelling. 7-9 p.m., Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Bring non-perishable items for Arlington Food Assistance Center. 703-228-3329 or www.arlingtonva.us/mlk.

Monday, Jan. 16

St. Mary's MLK Prayer Breakfast, celebrate the life and works of Dr. King with breakfast, performances from local choirs and keynote address by Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esquire, national chair of the National Congress of Black Women. Breakfast service opens at 6 a.m.; event begins at 8 a.m. St. Mary's College, Campus Center Great Room, off Route 5, St. Mary's City. Breakfast: $8.50; Program is free. 240-895-4388 or wlhoward@smcm.edu, www.smcm.edu.

Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration, park in the lot and take the shuttle bus to Southgate Community Center where the march will begin at 9:30 a.m. and return to the Reston Community Center. From 10 a.m.-noon, participate in community service projects. Children will rotate through a series of activities including games, storytelling/performance, and arts and crafts. All activities will be based on the history of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. From 12:30-2 p.m., hear a keynote address by Nnenna Freelon, a community lunch and a reception with art by Reston Elementary Schools. 8:15-9:15 a.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. 703-476-4500.

UNCF Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast, the 29th annual celebration will feature an award ceremony and keynote address by Professor Perezi K. Kamunanwire, Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Uganda. 8:30 a.m., Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Dr., Greenbelt. $50, reservations required. Contact Sharon Goodman at 703-205-3504 or sharon.goodman@uncf.org.

MLK Day of Service, help repair the home of a 77-year-old DC resident. Meet at 9 a.m. or noon to travel via bus to the work site. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25 for a half-day of service. 202-408-3100

“The Dream Is Real: Make It Your Reality,” a celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. participants will march from the Loudoun County Courthouse on King Street to the Douglass Community Center on Market Street, where there will be a presentation by James Hackley. 10:30 a.m. 540-338-4640.

Dr. Martin L. King Jr., Oratory Competition, students in grades 5th-college compete for cash prizes. Sponsored by the SPEAK! MD Oratory League. 1 p.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $10; age 17 and under, $5. 1-877-SPEAK30,

“Let Freedom Ring,” a musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin and the Let Freedom Ring Choir; Clarence Jones, former King attorney and speechwriter will receive the 10th annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets distributed, two per person, to those in line in the Hall of Nations starting a 5 p.m. Monday. 202-467-4600.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

The Stone of Hope Luncheon, for ages 60 and older, pay tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with live entertainment, food and special guests. Noon-3 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $8; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $10. Reservations required. 301-203-6040.

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