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Martin Luther King Day events in Maryland

Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of an America where people are judged not by what they look like but by who they are inside. Help your family learn to keep his ideals alive with a fun and educational activity in Maryland.

Updated for 2022

Happy Birthday, Dr. King with Culture Queen
Jan. 15. Join teaching artist Culture Queen as she hosts the “Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King!” party. Free. 2-3:45 p.m. Eastport Annapolis Branch. Annapolis.

MLK Weekend: Doers and Dreamers
Jan. 15-17. Get inspired by incredible Doers and Dreamers throughout history during MLK weekend. $19.95. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore.

MLK Weekend at the B&O: A Celebration of Freedom
Jan. 16-17. In celebration of the Museum’s designation as a National Network to Freedom Site, and in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. 

MLK Days: A Community Art Event
Jan. 15-17. Join us for an uplifting community art event and exhibit inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 12pm-4pm. Free; Reservations required; masks required; activity stations will be socially distanced. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Solomons. 

2022 MLK Holiday DC: 41st Annual Parade
Jan. 17. Across the nation and the world, Dr. King’s life and legacy is commemorated by a day of service. Free. 12 p.m. Washington DC.

MLK Day Parade

Free Day At National Parks
Jan. 17. Did you know that on Martin Luther King Jr. Day all National Parks offer free admission? Over 400 national parks waive the admission fee to celebrate. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Celebration
Jan. 17. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. VIRTUAL Prayer Celebration, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Mary Frances Berry, author, activist, educator and historian. 8 a.m. Registration required. Free. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City. smcm.edu

MLK Weekend of Service
Jan. 15-17. To celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service invite you to join us for a socially-distant invasive removal. Free. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Rock Creek Park, Washington. 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Five Years
Jan. 17. Honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with living history interpreter John W. McCaskill as he chronicles the last five years of King’s life and shares other stories of the individuals who fought to end racial segregation and discrimination in the United States. Free Virtual Event. The National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Let’s Talk Justice: Student Stories…Student Voices
Jan. 20. A forum for students to discuss racism and social justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Beginning with a student led planning committee, the vision of Let’s Talk Justice quickly developed into a place where students will be able to have a voice about various social issues and injustices. This week’s topic: District Wide Gender and Sexuality Alliance Meeting. 6pm-8pm via Google Meet on Brightspace.

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