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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony to Celebrate a ‘Modern Day Dream’

Celebration Will Be Televised on Rockville 11

Rockville, Maryland, Jan. 5 – Take part in a Rockville tradition featuring diverse, interactive and multicultural performances, as the city honors Martin Luther King Jr. and recognizes community members who are carrying on his legacy, on Monday, Jan. 16.

The 45th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive. The celebration is free and open to all ages. A reception will follow.

The celebration will include a keynote speech by Gregory E. Bell, supervisor of diversity initiatives for Montgomery County Public Schools, incorporating this year’s theme of “Modern Day Dream” and reflecting on how King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech” still resonates.

Performers will include Dawn Crafton Dance Connection, Dance Exchange, Denise Henderson and The Wanted Band, vocalists Kim Gordon and Rogiérs Fibby, and Soul in Motion and Kathy Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

The City of Rockville’s Human Rights Commission will present two awards. The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award honors a Rockville high school student for advancing King’s goals and dreams. The F. Michael Taff Award honors an individual, business or organization from Rockville for improving the lives of people with disabilities.

The celebration will be broadcast on Rockville 11 (cable channel 11) at 8 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Find video of the 2016 celebration and learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov/mlk. For information about access, call the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator at 240-314-8108; TTY: 240-314-8137 or relay 711, by Jan. 9.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
240-314-8105
mberg@rockvillemd.gov

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