Rockville to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day (PHOTO)
Rockville’s 44th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will be held at Richard Montgomery High School on Monday, January 18. The festivities will include multicultural performances, awards for members of the community and a keynote speech by David Ragland.
Ragland will deliver a keynote address with a focus on the theme “The Challenge: Building Community in the Age of Ferguson and Baltimore.” Ragland grew up in north St. Louis which is a few miles from Ferguson, Mo. He is the co-founder of The Truth Telling Project which is a nonprofit grassroots organization focused on developing truth and a reconciliation process to address structural violence and racism in Ferguson and beyond. Ragland is also an assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.
Two awards will be presented during the celebration. The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award is presented to a student at a Rockville high school who has worked to fulfill King’s dream. The F. Michael Taff Award is presented to an individual, organization or business that has helped improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The celebration will start at 10 a.m. at 250 Montgomery Drive and is free and open to the public. Visit Rockville’s MLK Day webpage for more information.