When I was in 6th grade, my social studies teacher instructed us to find a political speech, learn it, and prepare to recite it. My best friend Dee cried at recess because she was terrified to get up in front of the whole class. She wanted me to devise some scheme to get her out of the assignment… but instead of consoling her, I pointed out how much fun this was going to be. She thought I was crazy.
The next day I told my teacher that I wanted to do “I Have a Dream.” I went to the library and learned all about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement and memorized the speech… well the second half of the speech (from “I say to you today my friends”).
Unlike some people who planned ahead for the long holiday weekend, I’ll be here in DC. Below are some of the activities planned to honor the great man.
2007 Annual Civil Rights “Film Festival”
January 7-15, 2007, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W Street, SE, Washington, DC
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday viewing films featuring the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement and celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, call (202) 426-5961.
A Martin Luther King Observance
January 15, 2007.
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC.(202)673-2402.
Family Day Celebration
January 13, 2007. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the National Archives – William G. McGowan Theater and Lobby; Constitution Avenue N.W. between 7th and 9th Streets. Meet “Frederick Douglass,” “Ida B. Wells,” “Rosa Parks” and “Martin Luther King, Jr.” and learn about their lives and work. The event includes hands-on activities and a film about the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at 11:15 a.m., noon, and 12:45 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at Strathmore
January 15, 2007, 4 – 6 p.m.
The world class Music Center at Strathmore will honor Dr. King with musical entertainment. This year’s keynote speaker will be former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African American to walk in space. The annual celebration is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and tickets must be reserved.
King Memorial Peace Walk
January 15, 2007, 9 a.m.
Meet at the Big Chair in Anacostia, 2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, DC. Walk to Covenant Baptist Church, 3845 South Capitol St. SW, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brian McKnight and the Let Freedom Ring Choir
Sunday, January, 15, 2007 at 6 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC. Free performance. This concert is a part of Georgetown University’s Let Freedom Ring initiative, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What have you got planned for the long holiday weekend?
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