MLK in Baltimore, 1964. Photo from The Baltimore Sun.

Celebrating MLK Day in Maryland

By Meagan Baco

Since 1986, Americans have been celebrating the life, work, and impact of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. More recently, it’s become more than a day off, but a day on — the National MLK Day of Service.

The Corporation for National & Community Service hosts a database of all the Day of Service volunteer opportunities registered through out the country. In addition to the many volunteer opportunities across the state, we’ve also outlined three Maryland-specific MLK day activities:

Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center
Dowell, Calvert County

Over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center will host three days of free events for all ages, including a public art project, a community coloring tent and take-home craft activities as well as access to the “Kindred: Celebrating our Ancestors” exhibit in the Kay Daugherty Gallery. Admission is free.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Baltimore City

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Lewis Museum will host an afternoon of live performances, community discussions, craft activities that reflect on and honor the civil rights leader. The afternoon will culminate in a screening of “Step,” the a recent film that documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

Moses African Cemetery Q&A
Macedonia Baptist Church
Bethesda, Montgomery County

Advocates from Showing Up For Racial Justice, Montgomery County and Save Bethesda African Cemetery invites the community to a public gathering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to discuss the latest news and updates from their efforts to prevent proposed development on the historic African American cemetery.

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