Arlington's Annual MLK Tribute, "Dr. King's Dream: A L

Published on January 07, 2019

  • Jan. 20 tribute marks 50 years in 2019

  • Free program to be hosted by actor Christian Keyes

  • Local performers include Joy Gardner, Hoffman-Boston All Star Chorus, James Gibson

Arlington will celebrate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy on Sunday, Jan. 20, 5-6:30 p.m. at Wakefield High School.

Created by community members and Arlington County staff the year after Dr. King's assassination in 1968, Arlington's MLK Tribute, held annually for the past 50 years, strives to bring the community together and uphold Dr. King's vision for social equality.

"Arlington's beloved MLK tribute event is a joyful celebration of Dr. King and his powerful advocacy for social and economic justice, non-violence and empowerment that continues to serve as a beacon for our nation more than a half-century after his assassination," Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said.

Produced by SWI Management Group, the program will take the audience through Dr. King's journey through the civil rights movement and beyond. Local and national talent will come together in musical, dance and spoken word roles.

About the Program

Actor Christian Keyes of the CW's Supernatural and BET's In Contempt and The Family Business will host the event. Keyes has acted in more than 40 stage productions and more than 1,200 theatrical shows, and has performed live before more than four million people while touring the country with several national stage plays and musicals.

The program brings together spoken word artist Outspoken Poetress (Audrey Perkins) performing her original work, "Stand;" Inspire Arts Collective performing to "Glory" by Common and John Legend; soloist Jackie Pate, singing an original work titled "Freedom," as well as a rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord;" soloist James Gibson performing an a cappella version of "I've Been Buked and Scorned;" and Arlington resident Joy Gardner, performing a solo version of "A Change Is Gonna Come." The Hoffman-Boston All Star Chorus, led by Molly Haines, will perform "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Other participants will include Teen Network Board members, and winners of the Arlington Public Schools' MLK Literary and Visual Arts Contest.

Free Admission

The event is free and open to the public. Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Overflow space with a live stream of the program will be available should the auditorium reach capacity. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable goods to donate to Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Day of Service

On Monday, Jan. 21, from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Washington-Lee High School, Volunteer Arlington will host its second annual Arlington-wide MLK Day of Service. Volunteer opportunities include service projects and volunteer training with local non-profit organizations. The event is free; registration is required. Visit the Day of Service webpage for more information and to register.

Learn more about the 2019 MLK Tribute event at or call 703-228-3329.