Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 87 this month. Take part in these events to salute a great American icon and remember his calls for justice and peace.
MLK CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
1/16: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 1-3 p.m. $5. 443-263-1800. Bring the kids for this Dr. King birthday party featuring stories, games, and songs, plus birthday cake and ice cream.
MLK DAY CELEBRATION
1/18: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. 443-263-1800. This daylong celebration features community discussions, a cultural performance, storytelling, arts, and crafts.
1/18: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. 1-3 p.m. $5-6. 410-848-7272. Catch this Oscar-nominated film, a moving portrait of the civil rights leader’s 1965 march.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
1/18: American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 410-244-1900. Enjoy free admission with guided tours, workshops, and special performances in honor of Dr. King.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY PARADE
1/18: MLK Blvd. and Eutaw St. Noon. Free. 410-752-8632. The city honors the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with regional marching bands, color guards, steppers, equestrian units, dance squads, civic organizations, and floats.
1/18: Loyola University, McGuire Hall, 4501 N. Charles St. 5 p.m. Free. 410-617-5077. Hear Claudia Rankine, an award-winning Jamaican-born poet and leading voice in racial discourse.
I HAVE A DREAM
1/21: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. $6-7. 301-600-2828. Follow Dr. King’s journey in this stage adaptation of his influential life.
DAYBREAK OF FREEDOM
1/30: Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. 7:30 p.m. $10-25. 410-997-1317. Joseph Schwanter’s classical work is brought to life by the Columbia Orchestra with words by King himself.