Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations


Reginald F. Lewis Museum celebrates legacy of MLK through education and reflection

Baltimore— The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns on Monday, January 20, 2020 with a day of education and reflection.

“Our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration is one of the Lewis

Museum’s signature programs,” said Jackie Copeland, Executive Director. “It allows us to celebrate and honor a hero for civil rights, acknowledge King’s influence on our local heroes, and teach our children the importance of our history.”

To honor this day of service, the Lewis has partnered with the Maryland Food Bank for a food drive.

Visitors can receive free admission to our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration with the donation of five non-perishable food items.

Throughout the day, families can participate in art workshops, listen to lectures and enjoy performances from members of the Baltimore community and join the Civil Rights Movement through a virtual reality experience from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlights of the day include:

• MLK Virtual Reality Experience will allow visitors to step back in time to 1968 and join the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike at the height of the Civil Rights Movement and the moments leading up to the assassination of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.

•Oral History Video Booth to share and preserve families’ personal memories.

•A Ride To Remember Story Hour and Mural Art Project that explores the story

of the desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park.

•Dr. Traci Parker, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss her book, Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement.

•A Theatrical Presentation and Talkback session of the Voices of Carmen, examining escalating conflicts among young people.

•A performance from Baltimore City College Choir.

•A presentation to announce the winners of the Lewis Museum’s Annual High School Juried Art Exhibition.

Special $5 admission. Children ages six and under, Maryland public school teachers and museum members receive complimentary admission.

American Visionary Art Museum’s “MLK Dare to Dream Day Celebration”

Baltimore— The American Visionary Art

Museum (AVAM) pays lively tribute to one of the world’s greatest visionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual, all-ages welcome MLK Dare to Dream Day Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free!

Performances include the Emmy-nominated Cardinal Shehan School Choir. Plus, visitors can enjoy birthday cake, an art activity, complimentary

museum admission, and more. Donations of socks are requested for Paul’s Place.

The American Visionary Art Museum is located at 800 Key Highway in Baltimore. For more information, visit: www.avam.org.

Baltimore Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Baltimore— Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) proudly presents the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday, January 20, 2020, commemorating the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. starting at noon. Spectators are welcome to view the parade along the route on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Eutaw Street and Baltimore Street.

Starting at 12 noon, the parade will feature more than 70 units, including high school and community marching bands, cheer and dance squads, street theater

performers, elected officials, civic and religious organizations, military units and equestrian groups. The 2020 honorary grand marshal is Raheem DeVaughn, three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and international R&B star.

For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org.