Friday, April 4, 2008

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, which sparked rioting in Washington and in more than 100 other cities. This month, a series of events will recall that time and its effect on the nation.

CONFERENCE on "Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth." Exploring the causes and effects of the social unrest after King's assassination and the efforts at civic healing. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow. University of Baltimore, 1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore., $60 adults; $40 students. One-day registration, $45 adults, $30 students.

SERMONS in the tradition of King are offered by preachers from across the nation at daily Eucharist of the Washington National Cathedral. 7:30 a.m. today, Bethlehem Chapel, noon in the Great Choir. Free.

BREAKFAST and before-school prayer service hosted by the Peaceoholics. In commemoration of King, young participants of the Peaceoholics program will begin a campaign to form before-school "Prayer for Peace" clubs at local schools in order to reduce violence. Featuring the Rev. Tony Lee of Community of Hope Church. 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. today at Ballou Senior High School, 3401 Fourth St. SE.

COMMUNITY CLEANUP sponsored by the Neighbors of Seaton Place along with Young Men Of Distinction. The community is invited to celebrate King's dream by picking up litter and sprucing up the neighborhood, a project to unite youths and adults. 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. 202-635-2850.

THE 29TH ANNUAL King parade will feature high school marching bands and city officials, including Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). Noon tomorrow. Starting at Ballou Senior High School, 3401 Fourth St. SE, ending at Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. 202-698-1666,

SYMPOSIUM on race, justice and citizenship, featuring Charles Ogletree, Harvard University professor. Sponsored by the Link Southern Maryland Chain Chapter. 6:30 p.m.-midnight today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow. Greater Mount Zion Church, 3170 German Chapel Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-257-9599. Free.

SERMON by Dean Samuel T. Lloyd, asking people to recommit to King's vision of racial equality and nonviolence. 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free.

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION"Blackadelic 1968: Pivot Towards Potential." George Mason professor Thomas Stanley will examine the cultural and political events that converged explosively in 1968 and affected a generation of music. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Historical Society of Washington D.C., 801 K St. NW., 202-383-1828. Free.

TOWN HALL AND FILM PREMIER of MSNBC's "Meeting David Wilson," a young black man's journey of self-discovery from his upbringing in Newark to his ancestral roots in North Carolina. Coinciding with the anniversary of King's assassination, NBC News will lead a live on-air town hall discussion with NBC News anchor Brian Williams and contributor Tiki Barber. 9 p.m. to midnight April 11 at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-7194. Free.

SYMPOSIUM AND FESTIVAL at Georgetown University. The Lannan Literary Programs present " 'Let Freedom Ring': Art and Democracy in the King Years, 1954-1968," featuring readings, performances, lectures and discussions to explore the contributions of poets, writers and artists to the public discourse of the Civil Rights movement. April 15-17. Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Free.

PANEL DISCUSSION on "Racism in America: 1968-2008; What Has Changed? What Remains to Be Done?" 2-5 p.m. April 27. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. 410-772-4568, Free.

-- Compiled by JILLIAN S. JARRETT

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