By Josette Keelor
The impact that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made on the United States is remembered long after his death in 1968. In memory of his birthday, on Jan. 15, 1929, Monday's holiday honors King's work through programs around the area this weekend and with opportunities to help the community through service projects.
The events begin Saturday, with the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend Peace walk at 8 a.m. at the Quaker Meeting House in Winchester. Participants should meet at the corner of Washington and Piccadilly streets in Winchester, where the route will take participants along Piccadilly, Cameron, Boscawen and Braddock streets, ending back at the meeting house.
The silent walk is free and organized by The Way -- a Socially Engaged Sangha, which is a Zen Buddhist community of practitioners and like-minded friends.
For more information, call 398-6318 or visit The Way -- A Socially Engaged Sangha on Facebook.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Josephine School Community Museum in Berryville will hold a study of King with "Reader's Theatre -- Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr." The event at 303 Josephine St., will be free and open to the public.
For more information, call John Burns at 955-4786.
On Monday at Shenandoah University in Winchester, the Martin Luther King Jr. Service of Remembrance will begin at 3 p.m. in the Goodson Chapel/Recital Hall.
The event will feature guest speaker Marcus Briggs-Cloud of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, a scholar, activist and international lecturer who will speak about the many movements promoting civil rights that were inspired by King.
Briggs-Cloud sits on various boards and committees that seek to protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples globally and has served as an Indigenous spokesperson at the United Nations. He has lectured in 16 countries and, in 2011, he was nominated for two Native American Music Awards for his Maskoke hymn album "Pum Vculvke Vrakkuecetv" ("To Honor Our Elders").
All 3 p.m. classes at S.U. are canceled so students, faculty and staff may attend. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Spiritual Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown will offer the day-long event, "Creating the Beloved Community: Linking History to Social Change." Three sessions, with start times of 9:30 a.m., noon and 1:10 p.m., will be free and open to general public and will be held in the Thompson Conference Center of the Corron Building.
Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby will lead the workshops, each of which expresses a goal of exploring a path to creating the community envisioned by King. Winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest and "Walking King's Talk" Award will be announced at the noon session.
For more information, call the school at 869-0623.
The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley will hold its 12th annual youth service project from noon to 3 p.m. Monday. Youth from the community interested in participating may join students from Handley High School's Interact Club, the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and local Girl Scout troops at the United Way's 329 N. Cameron St. offices to pick up and distribute items to 500 families in Winchester's North End.
For more information, call 536-1610 or email the United Way at email@example.com.
In Front Royal Monday, The Warren and Page counties National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Warren County Parks and Recreation Community Center, at 538 Villa Ave. The theme is "Remembering The King" and special music will be provided.
To contact the NAACP, visit www.naacp.org.
Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, Sky Meadows State Park will host a mid-winter trail check, for those interested in spending the afternoon hiking and enjoying the sights at Sky Meadows while clearing, cleaning and inspecting trails, as part of the new Trailblazers Crew. A trail and safety information session will begin at 11 a.m. on the back porch of the Historic Mount Bleak House for trail and safety information. Participants should dress warmly and bring work gloves.
Sky Meadows State Park is located at 11012 Edmonds Lane in Delaplane. For more information, call 592-3556.