Freedom Friday: The MLK Edition

Good Afternoon Everyone!

TGIF (and for the long weekend). 🙂

I hope  you take advantage of the MLK Holiday by giving back to your community on Monday.  I understand that many folks use the long weekend to get their party on.  And I am all about enjoying your weekends.  However, we should dedicate in particularly MLK Day and several weekends throughout the year to volunteer.  (I actually believe we need to take back are holidays from corporations, but that a whole different post.)

So why not begin the habit of volunteering on the MLK Holiday this year?  And when you finish volunteering this weekend, challenge yourself to volunteer another weekend. 

There several places throughout the District where you can lend a helping hand the weekend (and every weekend 🙂 ).  Please check out these following organizations to find out about MLK service projects near you!

Serve DC

Greater DC Cares

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl


Join Dancing by the Power for a weekend of dance workshops and classes, fellowship and worship, mission and ministry! Guest instructors Kathryn Sparks, Theara Ward, Natarsha Jones and Josie Hoover will offer top-notch instruction and life changing principles you don’t want to miss!

January 13-14

The University of Maryland College Park Dance Department

2810 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

College Park, Maryland 20742-1610


Register here.  Click here for the schedule.


The gifted trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, a well-known fixture on the Philly music scene, brings his own style and sound grown from gospel lyricism, soul, hip-hop, funk, and jazz. He plays music from his forthcoming Hidden Beach record Bone Appetit.

Friday, January 13

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St. NW




The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum hosts an event with remarks by Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The evening also includes a step performance by the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Friday, January 13

Baird Auditorium

National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW




The newest answer to a weekly Friday night dance party, Blend featuring different musical styles (House, RnB) and spotlighting local talanted DJ’s.  No dress code.  Be prepared to dance!

Friday, January 13

Republic Gardens


FREE b4 10:30pm

$5 10:30pm – 11:00pm

$10 after 11:00pm


Join your neighbors and other emerging leaders as we reset for 2012. Start the New Year off with a vision for your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.  In this 90 minute workshop our dynamic facilitator will walk you through creating a visual representation of the things you want to have, be, or do in your life. We will also discuss how to make your vision a reality. All materials as well as light refreshments provided.

Saturday, January 14

Benning Road Library

4101 Benning Rd SE


15 bucks

Register here


Collective Voices, an ensemble of poets known for their messages of social consciousness, presents their annual literary tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, January 14

MLK Library

901 G St. N.W.




Don’t miss this night of R&B soulful joy. Get up close and personal for an intimate night of great music and enjoyment with the R&B soul sensation CHRISETTE MICHELE as she lights up the stage playing all of your favorite hits for her FULL concert set performance. Also performing will be the Black Alley band and Incwell.

Saturday, January 14

Howard University

Cramton Auditorium

2455 6th St NW


Get tickets here.


Traveling through four continents and six countries, The Furious Force of Rhymes is a fascinating look at Hip-Hop as trans-national protest music. Originating from the ghettos of New York, Rap has found adherents in every country in the world. Recognizing themselves in the oppression of U.S. Blacks, people everywhere have adapted the American street music to their own causes. From the Bronx to Africa, this is their story.

Sunday, January 15

Busboys & Poets

5th & K Sts NW




DJ Divine’s Birthday Celebration: MLK Birthday Holiday Weekend :: No Work on Monday                                                           The best in classic music: R & B Dance Classics, House, Funk, 80’s 90’s, Rare Grooves, Originals, Old School Hip Hop.

Sunday January 15

Bohemian Caverns

2001 11th St NW

8PM until 2AM


A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & a Toast to WE ACT RADIO 1480 AM.  Live Performances by The Cornel West Theory, Jah-I-Witness (w DJ Lance Reynolds), and Jali D.
Sunday, January 15
411 New York Ave NE

$5 before 11pm, $10 after -or- FREE admission with WE ACT RADIO Membership (details at


The public is invited to take part in the return of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.  This annual event highlights marching bands, community organizations, businesses, government officials and agencies as well as celebrities who will lead the spirited procession along Martin Luther King Avenue, S.E. in Ward 8

Monday, January 16

 The parade will begin at Friendship Charter School, 645 Milwaukee Pl SE proceeding south on MLK Ave SE to conclude at Leckie Elementary School, 4201 MLK Ave SW.



The church’s annual celebration of the civil rights leader’s life features the Malcolm X Dancers & Drummers, Urban Nation H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir, St. Augustine Gospel Choir, and Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir, among others.

Monday, January 16

Washington National Cathedral

Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW


FREE with a donation of a canned food item or a new children’s book


The Grammy Award-winning singer Bobby McFerrin headlines an annual free performance celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights champion Martin Luther King Jr. The concert is held jointly with Georgetown University. Free tickets (up to two per person) will be distributed at 5 p.m. the day of the concert in the Kennedy Center’s Hall of Nations. At the Concert Hall.

Monday, January 16

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St. NW




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