Montgomery County is holding a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute and Celebration program Monday, Jan. 18 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in honor of the great civil rights leader’s birthday.
The live stream performing arts program is titled, “In His and Their Own Words,” and will reflect on this country’s past with forecasts of the future. It will include the reading of letters, interactive student artwork and a performance by jazz musician Marcus Johnson, an alum of Blair High School, Howard University and Georgetown Law School.
The annual MLK tribute will include remarks by Executive Marc Elrich, Council President Tom Hucker and Director of Human Rights James Stowe. Councilmembers will recite brief excerpts from King’s speeches. Four students will share personal letters addressed to “Dear Martin” but written in their own words.
An interactive segment will enable the audience to create MLK-inspired art in real time while listening to performances by Chelsey Green, Dem Raider Boyz, Akhmedova Ballet Academy and others. The program will end with a performance by Johnson, who created a piece for this performance.
Students can earn one student service learning hour by watching it and participating in an advocacy and reflection exercise.
Register here for the performance.