Dr Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) addresses civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama

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Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at These 5 DMV Events This Weekend

January 18, 2019

By Erin Thibeau

MLK Day is this Monday, January 21, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate the life and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From free concerts to peace walks and parades, the D.C. area hosts all sorts of MLK-focused events over the holiday weekend.

Related: Watch 5 Powerful Speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Check out five great events honoring MLK in our weekend round-up below:

1. Reston's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration – Saturday, January 19, through Monday, January 21

This year marks the 34th Annual Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. 

The three-day event in Reston, Virginia, features performances by the Reston Community Orchestra and Crys Matthews. The program also includes community service projects, the Voices of Inspiration Program and a keynote speech by civil rights activist, author, and "Pod Save The People" host DeRay Mckesson, followed by a community luncheon. Mckesson will sign copies of his new book, "On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope" afterward.

Check out each day's schedule for further details.

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2. Howard Gospel Choir Performance at the Bowie Center for Performing Arts – Saturday, January 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Don't miss the Howard Gospel Choir's second annual musical celebration of the life and legacy of Reverend King, who was known for his love of gospel.

You can choose between a 2 p.m. or a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (age 65+) and students (K-12 through college with valid ID). 

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3. WPGC at MLK 'A Day On' to Feed the Community in Prince George's County – Monday, January 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Joe Clair, Adimu, and WPGC as we team up with Council Member-at-large Mel Franklin for "A Day On" to feed the community. We'll be giving out free family dinners and burgers from Z-Burger. Plus, catch speeches from local community leaders.

Meet the WPGC Street Team in front of TJ Maxx at the Beltway Plaza, located at 6222 Greenbelt Rd. in Greenbelt, Maryland. 

4. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk and Parade in Downtown Anacostia  – Monday, January 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The historic annual parade, founded in 1979, takes place on the D.C. street named for Dr. King. It's bookended by the Peace Walk at 11 a.m. and the Health and Community Fair, which runs until 3 p.m.. 

The parade itself starts at noon at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and Good Hope Rd. in Southeast D.C., and it concludes at the Gateway Pavilion. See the full route here

5. Let Freedom Ring! featuring Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell at the Kennedy Center on Monday, January 21, at 6 p.m.

Catch a free concert at the Kennedy Center featuring Tony, Emmy, and Grammy-winning singer Audra McDonald; Tony-winning singer Brian Stokes Mitchell; and the Let Freedom Ring Choir.

The event, presented in collaboration with Georgetown University, takes place in the concert hall at 6 p.m., but make sure to be seated by 5:40 p.m. 

Free general admission tickets will be handed out in the Hall of Nations starting at 4:30 p.m (up to two tickets per person). Limited seating availability.​

And remember, despite the shutdown, you can still visit the MLK Memorial by the Tidal Basin as well as the Lincoln Memorial, where the reverend delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963

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