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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 2021

“I am… A Tribute Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Jan. 15. 5 p.m. Join Monarch Academy in Annapolis for a free public virtual event celebrating King’s life, contributions and legacy. At the event, three creative presentations will showcase King’s youth, activism and dream for the nation.

The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jan. 15-18. In place of the parade, this is a four day virtual event celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. featuring arts and activism programs, and highlights the voices of community leaders and artists who live the legacy of Dr. King through their work. Free. Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore. promotionandarts.org

“Be The Light” Celebration
Jan. 16-17. Honor Martin Luther King Jr. through fun, educational activities, interactive programs and performances. Experience the strength of celebrating differences and stories in our community, take part in interactive programs and virtual performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the positive impact that their dreams and creativity can have on the world around them, inspired by Dr. King’s message. Free with museum admission $17.95. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore. portdiscovery.org

Let’s Talk Justice Read Along
Jan. 18. Students involved in Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Let’s Talk Justice initiative will spend part of their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday in service to their fellow students by reading and exposing them to diverse literature they can explore in more depth by checking out the books from their school library or Anne Arundel County Public Library branches. Eight county high school students will age-appropriate books to their elementary counterparts every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 18. Readings will be done in Google classrooms accessible to county students. Some of the works will be read in Spanish as well.

MLK Days: A Virtual Community Event
Jan. 16-18. Celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with uplifting creative activities. Free. 11 a.m–4 p.m. Annmarie Garden, Solomons. annmariegarden.org

MLK Day Parade

Virtual MLK Dare to Dream Day
Jan. 18. Celebrate the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries with an artist talk with Kyle Yearwood, poetry slam and open mic, and a musical performance by Landis Expandis. Free. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore. avam.org

The Skin You Live In
Jan. 18. Hands-on activities about skin color. Ages 6–12. $8; no charge for accompanying adults. Sessions at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis. theccm.org

Free Day At National Parks
Jan. 18. 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. 18. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 17th Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Celebration, with the theme What Matters to You, via Zoom, featuring a keynote address by Crystal Marie Fleming, author and expert on global racism and white supremacy. 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Registration required. Free. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City. smcm.edu

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