MLK Holiday Celebration | Washington, DC
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MONDAY JAN 16TH 2017  10AM   



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.

We welcome all residents of the District of Columbia and surrounding areas to take part in the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk and Parade.

* From the Donation page, be sure to choose “MLK Holiday Parade DC”

Event Details

MLK Peace Walk

Nick Cannon will once again lead the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk 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.

Join Nick Cannon, and over a thousand ‘Peace Walkers’ this year on the two-mile walk along MLK Ave in Southeast. Last year’s attendees included Mayor Muriel Bowser, radio personality Donnie Simpson, and music virtuoso Blake Miles Hopkins. This year’s Peace Walk will begin at 10:00am on January 16th at 2500 MLK Ave SE and end at the R.I.S.E Center at 2730 MLK Ave SE.

MLK Parade

We welcome the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and look forward to 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 slain 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 16th 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 reinforce 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.

MLK Festival & Health Fair

The route for the 2017 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 or call John at 202-506-5912.





Premier Sponsors

A special thank you to our Premier Sponsors who made the 2017 MLK Holiday DC Peace Walk and Parade possible

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