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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events and volunteer opportunities

Monday - 1/20/2014, 5:15am  ET

WASHINGTON - Want to get involved on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Here's everything you need to know.

D.C. Public Library

  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10:45 a.m., Martin Luther King's Birthday Celebration, Takoma Park Library
  • King Week Project/Let's Promote Peace Mural: Families with children ages 4-12 can stop by any neighborhood library from Jan. 12-18 to participate in the King Week Project. Children can personalize a paper peace symbol and sign a peace pledge to be displayed as a "Let's Promote Peace" mural in the children's room. After the mural is displayed in your neighborhood library, it will be sent to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to become part of a larger peace display for Black History Month! Read more.
  • Dream Big Like Me Video Contest: Teens are encouraged to submit a video of their original work that shows how they will continue Dr. King's dream of equality for all. The original work can be a song, rap, poem, skit/dramatization, or speech. Video submissions will be accepted Jan. 19-Feb. 15, 2014

Martin Luther King Memorial

National Park Service Rangers discuss King's role in the Civil Rights movement daily. The National Park Service will host a wreath laying service on Jan. 20, 2014, 8-9 a.m. in observance of the birthday-anniversary for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Jan. 18-20, 2014, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. a Junior Ranger program will be held for kids.

City Year DC MLK Day Project Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: Coolidge HS, 6315 5th St NW

Opening program begins promptly at 9 a.m.; Mayor Gray will make remarks

Description: City Year is honoring the legacy of Dr. King by organizing a day of service. In just one day, volunteers will transform a high-need school into a more engaging, educational and vibrant place for students to learn and play. Service projects will include painting murals, maintaining playgrounds, building benches and planting green spaces. (Up to 300 volunteers)

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Jan. 20, 2014, 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE and Milwaukee Place SE in Washington, DC.

The Anacostia parade and peacewalk includes the Ballou Marching Band and representatives from the area's Asian, Bolivian, Jamaican and African American communities.

Washington National Cathedral

Jan. 20, 2014, 2 - 4 p.m. 3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC.

The Cathedral will host a celebration to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and continue his vision through music and poetry presented by the Cathedral and D.C.'s performing arts community. Attendees are asked to bring a new children's book or non-perishable food item to donate. Musical performers include African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, Sarsaparilla - the National Cathedral School's a cappella group, The Madrigal Singers, Washington Youth Choir and The Urban Nation H.I.P. - H.O.P. Choir of Washington, D.C.

"Let Freedom Ring"

Jan. 20, 2014, 6 p.m.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration featuring the Let Freedom Ring Choir and other special guests honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in a free Millennium Stage concert. Tickets are required and will be distributed the day of the event in front of the Concert Hall beginning at 5 p.m. The 2014 concert features five-time Grammy AwardŽ -winning singer and recording artist Dionne Warwick.

MSE Foundation and Playworks School Transformation Project

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the West Education Campus, 1338 Farragut Street NW

Mayor Gray will make brief remarks to volunteers and participate in painting a mural at about 11 a.m.

MSE Foundation and Playworks (AmeriCorps program funded by Serve DC) are hosting an MLK Day project where they will have 50 volunteers there, as well as staff from Playworks and Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and Caps alumnus Rod Langway. Volunteers will be painting a mural, putting together benches and organizing the library. Monumental Network will be shooting for a video that will be put on the Caps, Mystics and Wizards websites.

Serve DC - Mayor's Office on Volunteerism Presents Mayor Vincent C. Gray's "It Takes a Village" MLK Day Project

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.. The Dunbar Apartments, 2001 15th St. NW

Mayor will greet senior residents and volunteers and participate in assisting a senior with completing and emergency preparedness plan at appx 11:30 AM

This year Serve DC - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism will be deploying teams of volunteers to nearly 13 senior residence complexes to raise awareness about emergency planning and assist residents in completing emergency preparedness plans.

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