For the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, this is a special time of year.
The library, along with numerous other civic, community and religious organizations, has scheduled special events over the next five days to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
"We're really continuing with the same message that we've had in the past," said Elin Jones, public information officer for the D.C. Public Libraries.
"We're continuing with King's message of love, justice and hope."
The planning for the library's King holiday events is a year-round project. "When we finish at the end of January we'll begin planning for next year," Jones said.
This year's events include the "Let Freedom Ring" video series sponsored by the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the Minority Business Opportunity Commission.
The series, which started Tuesday, is being conducted with the Martin Luther King. Jr. D.C. Holiday Commission Subcommittee on Civil and Human Rights.
The video series will continue through Jan. 20 every day except Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the library.
The series also can be seen at five other locations: The Frank D. Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW; The Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Mazza Gallerie, Wisconsin and Western Avenues NW; Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW, and U.S. Small Business Administration, Civil Rights Division, 1441 L St. NW
In addition to the video showings, the King Library will hold a forum at noon today on "Martin Luther King and the Constitution: 14th Amendment, What Does It Mean?" At 4:30 p.m., the library will also be host to an oratorical contest.
"When your name is the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, you want to do something special," Jones said. "And we have something to offer. It's an opportune time for the family to get together."
Other events in the District celebrating Dr. King's birthday include: FRIDAY: At 9 a.m. Shiloh's Family Center, Ninth and P Streets NW, will open its fourth annual Leadership Training Institute, which will continue through Sunday.
At noon in the B'nai B'rith Building, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, the D.C. Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington will award the winners of their ninth annual poster and essay contests.
The theme of the essay contest, involving junior high school students from the D.C. schools, is "What Martin Luther King Jr. Means to Me."
The theme of the poster contest, open to primary students in the public schools, is "Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream."
Also at noon, there will be a university memorial service, at George Washington University's Marvin Theater, 800 21st St. NW.
At 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Church, church sanctuary, 15th and V streets NW, will hold a prayer service in honor of Dr. King: "An International Legacy."
At 7:30 p.m., The Washington Hebrew Congregation, Macomb Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW, in conjunction with the Shiloh Baptist Church, will conduct a "Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Day Service."
At 8:30 p.m., Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW, will hold a Sabbath service in conjunction with Turner Memorial AME Church. SATURDAY: From 10:a.m. to 2:30 p.m., National City Christian Church, 14th and Thomas Circle NW, will hold a workshop-luncheon service: "Is America Overcoming Racism?"
From 1 to 6 p.m., The National Theater, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will will hold a "Mainstage Tribute" to King.
From 7 to 10 p.m., First Congregational Church, 945 G St. NW, will hold a "Musical Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day." SUNDAY: 11 a.m. All Souls Church, 16th and Harvard streets NW, will hold a service titled: "His Life, Our Times."
At 3 p.m., the Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M St. NW, will hold an interfaith service: "Living the Dream: Let Freedom Ring."
Starting at 7 p.m., Rehoboth Baptist Church, 621 Alabama Ave. SE, will hold a tribute: "King, The Committed One." MONDAY: At 9 a.m., the Birney Elementary School, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Sumner Road SE, will be the starting place for the 10th Annual "Ward 8 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Parade."
At 10 a.m. at the Washington Convention Center will be the city observance ceremony.
At noon, Shiloh Baptist Church will sponsor a birthday luncheon: "We Can Make a Difference."