Weekend events honor Dr. King

Monday's parade is on MLK Jr. Boulevard

Family: events, activities

January 15, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Celebrate the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at area events this weekend and Monday. While Dr. King's birthday is today and the national holiday is Monday, various happenings will be taking place Saturday through Monday. Below are some of the events honoring King's legacy:

The fourth annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade is Monday. The parade steps off from (of course) Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street at noon, proceeds south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street.

Serving as grand marshal of the parade is NAACP president Kweisi Mfume. The theme of this year's parade is "Celebrating Minority Entrepreneurship." Floats include those by the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, the United Horsemen's Association and the Frederick Douglass High School Marching Band.

A reviewing stand will be at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street. For more information, call 877-BALTIMORE or visit www.promotionandarts .com.

Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, presents its "I Have a Dream Weekend" Saturday through Monday, with games, hands-on activities and educational programs. Visitors can learn about King, create "peace" artwork, see African dancing by Olu and participate in a drumming circle. There will be live music, face painting and more. The museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday. Admission is $11; $10 seniors; $8.50 ages 3-12; free for ages under 3. Call 410-727-8120 or visit www.port discovery.org.

The 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast is at 8 a.m. Monday at Anne Arundel Community College, David S. Jenkins Gymnasium, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. The event includes a talk by Morris S. Dees Jr., a civil rights activist since the 1960s, and it salutes the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest sponsored by the Annapolis chapter of the Links Inc. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for the breakfast. Tickets are $25. Call 410-222-1821.

The American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, honors the life and work of Dr. King Monday with a daylong celebration, including film screenings, guided tours and a poetry slam.

Gospel music will be performed by the Calvin Statham Singers, and jazz will be played by Mr. Funn and the Dunbar Jazz Ensemble. Also, Abu the Flutemaker will demonstrate the uses of his homemade and recycled musical trash instruments.

The poetry slam is open to the first 25 people who register Monday. Sign-up begins at 10 a.m. Poets must perform an original poem of less than three minutes before a panel of judges. Audience response is encouraged.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. Teachers and educators get in free. Regular admission is $9; $6 students, children and seniors; free for ages 4 and under. Call 410-244-1900 or visit www.avam .org.

Head to the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, on Monday for a daylong King celebration. The free movie My Friend Martin kicks things off at 10:30 a.m. It includes footage of Dr. King as well as animated characters and celebrity voices. The film is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

After the movie, there will be a question-and-answer session facilitated by Pamela Zappardino and Charles Collyer of the Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Non-Violence and Peace Education.

From noon to 2 p.m., the Community Foundation of Carroll County offers two free workshops, in quilting and pottery. Workshops are free, but reservations are required.

The exhibit Celebration of the Spirit: A Showcase of African American Art, featuring works by 10 regional artists, opens Monday and runs through Feb. 27. At 1:30 p.m. Monday, there will be a reception with the artists, refreshments, discussions and tours.

The daylong celebration wraps up with a performance by the Sankofa Dance Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Tickets to this show are $10; $6 seniors and ages 12 and under. For reservations or more information, call 410-848-7272.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library holds its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday. Dr. Brad Ronnell Braxton, an ordained minister and Baltimore pastor, discusses his 2002 book No Longer Slaves in the Central Library's Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. A reception and book-signing take place after the program in the library's Poe Room. Free. Call 410-396-5430 or visit www.epfl.net/events.

For more family events, see Page 38.

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