January marks a time of Remembrance with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’sBirthday and holiday. DC has a number of ways to spend this time to honor and teach the next generation of all his sacrifice and progress towards equal rights.
Each year a special program is offered to honor one of the great leaders of America. On January 19th, 2015, this year’s Let Freedom Ring Celebration will be held at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award will be presented to this year’s recipient, George Jones, chief executive officer of Bread for the City and longtime advocate for the fight against poverty in Washington DC. Bread for the City serves vulnerable city residents with comprehensive services including food, clothing, medical care and legal and social services. Mr. Jones is a great role model and reflects a great teaching opportunity for upcoming generations.
Also the Celebration will feature nine-time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole, who will perform a musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr. The program is part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, however you must get a ticket to be admitted. Tickets will be distributed two (2) per person on Monday, January 19, 2015, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are for reserved seats and limited seating is availability. Please dress warm; the line for people waiting to receive tickets will be outside. Performance is 90 minutes with no intermission.
Another must-see this MLK Jr. Day is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. This is the first major memorial along the National Mall to be dedicated to an African-American, and to a nonpresident. The Memorial conveys three themes that were central throughout Dr. King’s life: democracy, justice, and hope. The centerpiece of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is the “Stone of Hope ”, a 30-foot statue of Dr. King, gazing into the horizon and concentrating on the future and hope for humanity. A 450-foot inscription wall, made from granite panels is inscribed with 14 excerpts of King’s sermons and public addresses to serve as living testaments of his vision of America. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is located on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin at the intersection of West Basin Drive SW and Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC.