Virtual Events to Mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Photo: Sam Melhorn, Associated Press (1968)

“The time is always right, to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

We’d love to hear what you’re doing to mark this day. Tag us at #HillRag and let us know!

So much of today’s MLK celebrations have been curtailed by COVID. If you haven’t planned anything, here are a few last minute ideas:

The DC Public Library (DCPL) is hosting a live reading via Facebook Live @dcpubliclibrary Starting at 11:30 a.m. Paula Young Shelton will read aloud from her book, “A Child of the Civil Rights Movement.”

The 40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will take place this Monday and you’ve got the best seat in the house. This year’s theme, “Now is the Time,” honors and connects the movements of the past with what’s happening today. Click Below to visit the MLK Parade’s YouTube channel and watch.

Today from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture hosts a virtual 30 -min concert of Jazz & Poetry.

“The People’s Holiday features six-time Grammy award-winning bassist, composer, & educator Christian McBride in a digital performance inspired by his social justice-focused album entitled, “The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons.”

At noon, Serve Your City DC and Citizen Ed will host a virtual FB discussion on the question: “Has the Dream Been Realized or Whitewashed? From Civil Rights to BLM” Tune in Live at Noon.

Don’t Mute DC will host a virtual concert and conversation featuring Pure Elegance, Tru Worshiper7 and TOB. The event will be live streamed on Facebook: @makegogoforever from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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