"Let Freedom Ring" at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566). January 17, 2011, 6 p.m. The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert will feature Grammy Award–winner and platinum-selling vocalist Patti LaBelle and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Civil Rights leader, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will be honored. Free tickets are required. Each person in line will receive two tickets on January 17 in the Hall of Nations beginning at 4 PM. The event does not offer free parking.
2011 Annual Civil Rights “Film Festival”. January 15-17, 2011, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (1411 W Street, SE, Washington, DC) will honor the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with their annual film festival. Feature films will include the screening of A&E Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man the Dream, America’s Civil Rights Years, Eyes on the Prize - Series One: Episode 1: “Awakenings,” Series One: Episode 2: “Fighting Back”, Series One: Episode 3: “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails” and Series 2: Episode 4: “No Easy Walk.”
26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program at Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. On Jan. 14 at 7 PM, the museum will present Juan Williams, Fox TV News political analyst and Fox News Sunday panelist. His remarks will address “King Alive: His Dream Lives on Today,” which will be followed by dialogue with Essence magazine’s Washington correspondent, Cynthia Gordy. The remarks and discussion will be held at the Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History at 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW. The event also includes a performance by Taratibu Youth Association Steppers. Admission is free but seating is limited. To make reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-633-4875.
King Across The Ages. This annual tribute at the Washington National Cathedral celebrates the legacy of Dr. King through service projects, interfaith dialogue and performances by the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, the Children’s Chorus of Washington, CityDance Ensemble’s Early Arts Program, Violinist Daniel Davis, Urban Nation H.I.P. H.O.P. Choir and Urban Jazz Harmonicist Frederic Yonnet. No reservations are required for the Jan. 17, 2011 event at 2 PM, but bring a non-perishable canned food item or a new children’s book.
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Festival. The National Museum of American History’s annual event examines, celebrates and reflects on the courage and commitment of ordinary citizens determined to make the nation a better place. The program includes the museum’s interactive play “Join the Student Sit-Ins,” which invites visitors to take the role of protesters during the sit-in movement that began at the Woolworth’s Lunch Counter in Greensboro, N.C. The words of Dr. King are brought to life in “To The Mountaintop” in the museum’s Flag Hall. There will also be a chance to share thoughts on the progress of the civil rights movement in the “Lift Your Voice” program. The free event takes place Jan. 15, Jan. 16 and Jan. 17, 2011, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM. No tickets are required but it’s first come, first served.