Events for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities by making it a “day on” instead of a “day off”!
Howard County residents can sign-up to take part in the County’s “Day of Service Across Howard County” Project on Monday, January 19, 2015. Volunteer opportunities include:
o Learning Hands-Only CPR,
o Collecting old cell phones,
o Shelving food donations,
o Reading special occasion cards
o Assisting Days End Farm Horse Rescue

Those interested in volunteering on the 19th should visit to sign-up or to learn more about additional “Day of Service” opportunities. Families with kids younger than 13 may sign up as a team. All volunteers are invited to attend a kick-off celebration that morning at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Other ways to celebrate and honor Dr. King’s Legacy are:

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Celebration
Jan. 18, 2015. Speakers, performances and more. Free, attendees are asked to bring a canned food item to support Howard County’s Food Bank. Reception is at 2pm; program starts at 3pm. Howard Community College’s Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center – Smith Theatre, Columbia, MD. Contact: Howard Co. Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430,

Port Discovery I Have a Dream Weekend Celebration
Jan. 17-19. Special programs help celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Free with $14.50 admission. Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm; Mon., 10am-5pm. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore, MD. 410-727-8120,
American Visionary Arts Museum MLK Day Celebration
Jan. 19, 2015. Guided tours, birthday cake, music, and workshops, dance performance. Free admission. 10am-6pm. American Visionary Arts Museum, Baltimore, MD. 410-244-1900,

15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: Baltimore
Jan. 19, 2015. Marching bands, floats, cheerleaders and more. Noon. Intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD. Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 410-752-8632,

Reginald F. Lewis Museum MLK Children’s Birthday Party
Jan. 17, 2015. Birthday party to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Children’s video, songs and games, storyteller Janice the Griot. Cake and ice cream. Ages 6-10. RSVP required. $5. 2pm. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture;

Let Freedom Ring Concert
Jan. 19, 2015. Musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Singer Natalie Cole, the Let Freedom Ring Choir and more. Free tickets will be given away up to two per person at the entrance to the Hall of Nations beginning at 5 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 19 on a first-come, first-served basis. 6:00pm. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600,

For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr National Day of Service visit the National and Community Service website.