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
The 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
Founded 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
Arlington 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 email@example.com or fax to 703-228-3328.
Other MLK Events Happening Around Arlington
Emergency Preparedness Canvassing
MLK Day of Service Stream Clean-Up with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE)
MLK Jr. Day of Service Food Drive for AFAC
MLK Habitat Workday at Gulf Branch
View the event poster (PDF) for event details.