The celebration will include multicultural performances, awards and a keynote speech by Marcia Chatelain, an associate professor of history and African-American studies at Georgetown University and the author of “South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration.” The program’s theme of “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” will reflect on how today’s community leaders demonstrate many of the characteristics of King, to confront challenges and strengthen their community. In addition to the program, there will be information booths from a variety of organizations, with activities and an opportunity to register to vote.
The City of Rockville’s Human Rights Commission will present three awards as part of the celebration. The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award honors a Rockville high school student for advancing the goals and dreams of King.
The celebration is free and open to all ages. A reception will follow.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award is given to a student from a Rockville high school who has worked to fulfill Dr. King's dream. Find and submit the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award nomination form online.
The F. Michael Taff Award is given to a business, organization or adult that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Find and submit the F. Michael Taff Award nomination form online.