DC celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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2014_01_MLK The National Park Service will place a wreath at the MLK Memorial on Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. (Photo: National Park Service)

The nation will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. next Monday, but today is the civil rights leader’s birthday. He would have been 84. Events to honor his life and his work begin this week. Here are ways you can celebrate The Dream:

“I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial – Friday, Jan. 17

On the steps where King delivered his most famous address, the National Park Service will lay a wreath while elementary school students from the District recite the speech. This ceremony begins noon.

MLK Day of Service –  Citywide events begin Jan. 18

The country’s official Day of Service is Monday, but citywide events begin this weekend. The nonprofit All for Good has volunteer opportunities that include everything from park clean-ups to cooking in homeless shelters.

A Symphony of Brotherhood at the National Cathedral – Sunday, Jan. 19

King preached his final sermon at the National Cathedral on the Sunday before he was killed. Between prayer and reflection in a special service from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the cathedral will play excerpts from King’s last sermon.

MLK Holiday Parade and Peace Walk – Monday, Jan. 20

This year’s annual parade will honor not only King, but also Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Wangari Maathair and Malala Yousafzai.  The service begins 9:45 a.m. and the parade starts 11 a.m. from the United Black Fund.  

Let Freedom Ring Choir at The Kennedy Center – Monday, Jan. 20

Grammy-award winner Dionne Warwick will join Georgetown University’s Let Freedom Ring choir on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Tickets are free for the performance, which begins 5 p.m.

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