Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday is a day of honor and commemorative events at a variety of sites in Washington, DC.
Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday is January 15th and is celebrated each year on the third Monday in January. In 1994, to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others, Congress transformed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday into a national day of community service. Here is a schedule of special events to honor this civil rights leader and to give local residents the opportunity to reach out to help those in need.
Martin Luther King Memorial
This weekend is a great time to visit the Memorial. National Park Service Rangers discuss King’s role in the Civil Rights movement daily. The National Park Service will host a wreathlaying service on January 20, 2014, 8-9 a.m. in observance of the birthday-anniversary for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 18-20, 2014, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. a Junior Ranger program will be held for kids.
2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 20, 2014. Major service events will take place across the country. Join a community service organization or create your own event to serve the DC community and make a difference.
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
January 20, 2014, 11 a.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE and Milwaukee Place SE, Washington DC. The Anacostia parade/peacewalk includes the Ballou Marching Band and representatives from the area’s Asian, Bolivian, Jamaican and African American communities.
Washington National Cathedral
January 20, 2014, 2 – 4 p.m. 3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC. The Cathedral will host a celebration to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and continue his vision through music and poetry presented by the Cathedral and DC’s performing arts community. Attendees are asked to bring a new children’s book or non-perishable food item to donate. Musical performers include African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, Sarsaparilla – the National Cathedral School’s a cappella group, The Madrigal Singers, Washington Youth Choir and The Urban Nation H.I.P. – H.O.P. Choir of Washington DC.
“Let Freedom Ring”
January 20, 2014, 6 p.m. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration featuring the Let Freedom Ring Choir and other special guests honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in a free Millennium Stage concert. Tickets are required and will be distributed the day of the event in front of the Concert Hall beginning at 5 p.m. The 2014 concert features five-time Grammy Award® -winning singer and recording artist Dionne Warwick.
January 17, 2014, 12:00 p.m. 23rd and Independence Ave., NW, Washington, DC. The National Park Service will place a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial, on the steps where Dr. King gave his 1963 speech. The recitation of the “I Have a Dream” speech will be presented by students of Washington, DC’s Watkins Elementary School.
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis
January 20, 2014, 11:30 a.m. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD. A riveting compilation of documentary footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Montgomery bus boycott to the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, from the dogs of Selma to the Nobel Prize and the fateful motel balcony in Memphis. With narration and commentary from Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Clarence Williams III and others.