Events Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Here is our list of local events to help honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday this month! Do you know of an event that should be added to this list? Please submit additions/updates for this free listing HERE.


"I Have A Dream" Craft (Portsmouth)

Address: Manor Branch Library, 1401 Elmhurst Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23701
Time: January 13-17, 2020 from 3-5:30pm
Description: Create a simple heart-shaped dream-catcher

DIY Social Justice T-Shirts (Norfolk)

Address: Lafayette Branch Library, 1610 Cromwell Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23509
Time: January 17, 2020 from 2:30-3:30pm
Description: Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by designing your own social justice shirt. Call to register. Bring your own t-shirt. (Teens)


Spirituals, Freedom Songs & Civil Rights (Norfolk)

Address: Horace Downing Branch Library 555 E. Liberty St. Norfolk, Virginia 23523
Time: January 18, 2020 from 2-4pm 
Description: Our Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance features a concert by Calvin Earl, who was instrumental in getting the United States Congress to recognize the African American Spiritual as a National Treasure. In his performance, Calvin explains and sings about how in our history the spirituals were transformed into freedom songs during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Communal singing is a part of the production. (All Ages)


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Honoring the Dream (Norfolk)

Address: Booker T Washington High School, 1111 Park Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504
Time: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 7pm
Description: Join your neighbors in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the City of Norfolk Government welcome you to "Songs for a Dreamer", a FREE community concert at Booker T. Washington High School on January 19th.
Cost: Free

VBIMC 9th Annual MLK Breakfast Keep The Dream Alive (Virginia Beach)

Address: E. Ray Cox Convocation Center 395 North Great Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Time: Monday, January 20, 2020 from 8 - 11am
Description: Enjoy breakfast and entertainment with community leaders as we lift up the work and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keeping alive the dream of the "Blessed Community" of his dreams.

Martin Luther King Jr Ceremony & Walk (Norfolk)

Address: Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church Street, Norfolk VA
Time: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10am  (Doors open 9:30am)
Description: Join us for the Annual MLK ceremony and march at the Attucks Theatre.

Oh, Freedom (Norfolk)

Address: Harrison Opera House, 160 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk Virginia 23510
Time: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 4pm
Description: The musical journey begins in Africa and follows a chronological path through the Middle Passage to songs of slavery to the Civil Rights movement and finally to the election of the first African-American President of the United States. Audiences will learn how the drums and songs of West Africa became the call and response songs of slavery and how codes were hidden in the songs to help slaves to freedom. The journey continues to New York and the Harlem Renaissance as wells as the world of opera with Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. We recognize the importance of the great African-American opera star Marian Anderson and her role in the Civil Rights movement. We honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and other leaders in music, sports, science and civil rights. The musical journey ends with a celebration of the country’s first African American President, Barack Obama.
Created by Virginia Opera, adapted in 2019 by Dr. Glenn Winters. Grades 3+ and families
Cost: Free

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Norfolk)

Address: Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church Street, Norfolk VA
Time: Friday, January 31, 2020 at from 7:30-9:30pm
Description: Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” fills the historic Attucks Theatre with music that has electrified generations of civil rights activists, interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. You'll hear traditional and modern gospel, classical, jazz, and Broadway, from Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway. An inspiring evening of song created by and featuring Damien Sneed, a gifted musician who has collaborated with such major artists as Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Lawrence Brownlee, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Kim Burrell, Donnie McClurkin, and the Clark Sisters. 
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