Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

Arlington's 2014 MLK Tribute event will be held on Sunday, January 19 from 7-9pm in the Washington-Lee High School auditorium (1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201). The program, now in its 45th year, will feature live music from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir, dance from Lesole's Dance Project and spoken word from Arlington's own Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. A Volunteer Fair will be set up in the lobby from 6-7pm before the program begins and will showcase volunteer opportunities in our area with organizations such as A-SPAN and Volunteer Arlington.

Parking: Free parking is available on the parking deck located off N. Stafford Street. Please enter the building through Door #5 which is nearest the auditorium.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show ChoirThe highly acclaimed and national award-winning Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir is composed of student artists who have entertained audiences throughout the US, Germany, England, France, Japan and the Caribbean. The ensemble's incredible creativity and artistry effectively combine singing, acting and dance into a not-to-be-missed performance. The group has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and has shared the stage with Earth, Wind and Fire, Patti Labelle and Boyz II Men. The members of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir, under the direction of Dr. Monique Holmes, are true ambassadors of for the nation with their utter devotion to providing a thrilling, high-powered performance to audiences across the world.

Lesole's Dance Project

Lesole's Dance ProjectFounded in 2003, Lesole's Dance Project is an internationally renowned, professional dance company with a mission to promote the unique movement vocabulary and choreographic style inspired by the Southern African heritage and to create opportunities for cultural exchange through educational programming. This non-profit organization has been improving economically challenged communities across the world for the last decade by supporting youth development through the arts. The company has performed nationally at the National Museum of African Art in Philadelphia, Miami International Book Fair, Cincinnati Play House in Ohio, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Read more about Lesole's Dance Project.

Photo Credit: Hans Spiegel

Keynote Speaker: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

Joan Trumpauer MulhollandArlington resident and Civil Rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will deliver the keynote address at Arlington's 2014 MLK Tribute event. Raised in Arlington, Mulholland was involved with NAG (Nonviolent Action Group, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee affiliate based at Howard University), which held sit-ins in Arlington and Glen Echo in the summer of 1960. A notable sit-in at Cherrydale Drug Fair Counter resulted in the desegregation of drug stores in the area. Mulholland, fellow activist Dion Diamond, and others were confronted by members of the American Nazi Party during the protest.

Imprisoned for 200 days following the 1961 Freedom Rides from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi, Joan endured heavy intimidation but her support of the movement never wavered. After being released from jail, she was one of the first whites to integrate Tougaloo College in Jackson, where she continued her activism. In an attempt to integrate a downtown Jackson Woolworth's lunch counter, she participated in a 1963 sit-in where fellow Tougaloo students were beaten, one was knocked unconscious and others were doused with ketchup, mustard and sugar.

Joan's story is a testament to the old adage that "what is right is not always easy." A clip from "An Ordinary Hero," the story about Joan's life, will be shown during the program. For more information about the documentary, visit the Arlington Public Library webpage.

Calling All Non-Profit/Community Groups!

Groups interested in participating in the volunteer fair prior to the start of the MLK Tribute program should fill out the application form (PDF) and email to or fax to 703-228-3328.

Other MLK Events Happening Around Arlington

Emergency Preparedness Canvassing
Monday, January 20 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; 2101 18th Street N., Lower Level Arlington, VA 22201
Volunteer Emergency Support Team has planned a day of service that will leverage the strength of local citizens to help tackle local problems and advance King's dream of opportunity for all. Volunteers will be teaching residents in Arlington County, Fairfax County, and the City of Alexandria about how to prepare themselves for emergencies and distribute emergency preparedness information and supplies in our communities. Join the Volunteer Emergency Support Team (VEST) and  RSVP-Northern Virginia's regional canvassing event! Volunteers will work in teams to share information with residents about creating emergency plans and accessing information in an emergency. Sign up on the event webpage.

MLK Day of Service Stream Clean-Up with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE)
Monday, January 20, 2014: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Barcroft Park, Four Mile Run Park, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22206
Come out on this National Day of Service to clean up one of our favorite Arlington parks. Volunteer to clean up a section of the Four Mile Run road and stream and keep trash out of Arlington County's largest stream watershed. Groups, families and individuals are all welcome. Due to the popularity of this event, registration is required. Register on the Eventbrite page.

MLK Jr. Day of Service Food Drive for AFAC
Monday, January 20, 2014: 2014: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, AFAC is holding food drives at FIVE local Giant grocery stores on Monday, January 20th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participating stores: Penrose Giant on 9th Street South/Columbia Pike, Lyon Village, Virginia Square, Shirley Park on South Glebe, and Bailey's Crossroads on Jefferson Street. The food collected will be used for their Backpack Buddies Program.

MLK Habitat Workday at Gulf Branch
Monday, January 20, 2014: 2-4 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road, Arlington, VA 22207
Join other community members in participating in the 2014 Martin Luther King Day of Service. Volunteers will be gathering at Gulf Branch Nature Center to improve habitat and remove invasive plants. Target species include English ivy and Japanese honeysuckle. We will be hand pulling and cutting, so make sure you wear sturdy shoes! For details, email Jennifer Soles at or call 703-228-3403. View the event webpage.

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MLK Tribute PosterEvent Poster

View the event poster (PDF) for event details.

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