If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do... you have to keep moving forward.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
* From the Donation page, be sure to choose “MLK Holiday Parade DC”
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk is held annually on the federal MLK holiday. The Peace Walk is coordinated by the Coalition for Peace, a group of individuals and non-profits dedicated to peace and positivity for the DMV’s youth.
Over a thousand ‘Peace Walkers’ join annually in the two-mile walk along MLK Ave in Southeast DC. Notable previous year attendees include Nick Cannon, Mayor Muriel Bowser, former Mayor and Current Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray, radio personality Donnie Simpson, music virtuoso Blake Miles Hopkins, and the late civil rights legend Dick Gregory who spoke at the beginning and end of our 2014 Peace Walk. 2018’s Peace Walk will begin at 10:00am on Monday, January 15th at 2500 MLK Ave SE and end at the R.I.S.E Center located at 2730 MLK Ave SE.
We look forward to the 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and another festive experience. Participants are committed to continuing this strong tradition started more than 30 years ago by radio talk show host and community activist Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene, Washington Informer publisher and philanthropist Dr. Calvin W. Rolark and former Ward 8 Councilmember Wilhelmina J. Rolark when they organized the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade (on one of the nation’s first streets named in honor of the civil rights leader, following his death in 1968).
The parade began in 1979, six years before Kings’s birthday became a federal holiday. We continue the tradition and celebration that the Rolarks and Petey Greene started, as we honor Dr. King and keep his message alive. The Parade will commence on January 15th at 12:00 noon and will begin from 2700 MLK Ave SE Washington, DC and continue up MLK Avenue to Anacostia Park, where the MLK Holiday Festival and Health Fair will be underway.
Across the nation and the world, Dr. King’s life and legacy is commemorated by a day of service and promoted as A Day On and Not a Day Off. The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade symbolizes the need to continue Dr. King’s work and reinforces the idea reflected in his words, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Those who believe in Dr. King’s message are considered members of the Coalition for Peace and are invited to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade every year.
The route for the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade ends at Good Hope Road SE, in Anacostia Park. In the park, parade goers will find a large heated tent where they can fellowship and socialize. Inside the tent, community groups, health care providers and government organizations will offer parade goers information and entertainment. Nine tables are available for table-top displays. Those interested in reserving a table (or half-table) can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call John at 202-506-5912.