Arlington Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Tribute Event

Published on January 10, 2024

Photo from Arlington's 2023 MLK Tribute

Arlington will commemorate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special tribute event on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Wakefield High School. The celebration will include a vibrant mix of music, dance, and spoken word performances. 

"Stones of Hope" Tribute

This year’s tribute, titled "Stones of Hope," draws inspiration from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, dedicated in 2011. The event will showcase snapshots of Dr. King’s life, with performances reflecting each of the 14 poignant quotes from the memorial that encapsulate his enduring impact. 

Arlington’s tradition of honoring Dr. King dates to 1968, following his assassination. The program aims to unite the community in support of social justice and harmony. This program is brought together by Arlington County staff led by the Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Arlington Public Schools. It is produced in collaboration with Encore Stage & Studio and directed by Madaline Y. Langston. The script is penned by local resident Anne Smith and the program supported by this year’s MLK Tribute Planning Committee – Cleveland James, Kim Roberts, Kayla Hunt, Saundra Green, and Susan Kalish.  

WATCH LIVE: Stones of Hope | Arlington's Annual Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Jan. 14, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Free Admission and Community Support 

Admission to the event is complimentary, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and an overflow area with a live stream will be provided if needed. Attendees are encouraged to contribute non-perishable items for the Arlington Food Assistance Center

MLK Day of Service 

Continuing the spirit of service, Volunteer Arlington will host the third annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Washington-Liberty High School. Participants can engage in various service projects and receive volunteer training. Although the event is free, registration is essential. For more details and to sign up, please visit Volunteer Arlington’s MLK Day of Service

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