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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations in Baltimore 2014

Celebrating MLK Day in Baltimore.

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This year, there are several events happening to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Baltimore. From a parade to several cultural festivals that honor the Civil Rights Movement activist, there are many ways to honor his legacy and vision.

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration

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Courtesy the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History.

Saturday, January 18 through Monday, January 20
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American Culture

This year marks two important anniversaries: the 150th anniversary of Maryland emancipation and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Fittingly, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will commemorate both of these milestones while also celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with music, performances, lectures, and more. Museum admission will also be discounted to $5.

2. MLK Jr. Day Family Festival at The Walters

Monday, January 20, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum

Celebrate the life and achivements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at this free festival at The Walters Art Museum. Theatrical and musical performances are planned, as well as art activities. Be inspired by MLK's I Have a Dream speech, listen to essays from the Baltimore Urban Debate Team, watch Bomani perform open mic, and more.

3. AVAM Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by offering free admission and educational programming. There will also be guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and a performance by Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company. 

4. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

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Courtesy the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Monday, January 20, noon
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Eutaw and Baltimore streets

This commemorative procession honors the immeasurable contributions of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade, featuring community marching bands, decorative floats, civic organizations, cheerleading squads, and more, will step off a the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street and proceed south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

5. 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 20
Nationwide
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed everyone could play a role in making this country a better place to live, and this initiative encourages everyone to turn his life and teachings into community action. To learn about service opportunities on this day, visit mlkday.gov.

6. African-American History Sites

Baltimore is an important center for African-American culture and history. Did you know the city boasts three historically black colleges? To commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., consider visiting one of Baltimore's top African-American cultural institutions.

 

7. More Ideas for MLK Day Weekend

These guides can help you find more ideas for family friendly activities during the long weekend.

The History of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights Movement. It wasn't long after King's assassination in 1968 that the campaign for a federal holiday in his honor began. The holiday was signed into law in 1983 and observation began three years later. In 2000, it was officially observed in all 50 states. (Source: Wikipedia)
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