Where to celebrate MLK Day

On a mild August afternoon 51 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and electrified the Civil Rights Movement.

Schools, churches and NAACP chapters around the area will recognize the peacemaker in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday.

The Warren and Page County branches of the NAACP host a program at 1 p.m. Monday at the Warren County Community Center.

Rev. Herman Nelson, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Middleburg, will serve as keynote speaker. Guest singers will provide music during the ceremony.

The Warren County Community Center is located at 538 Villa Ave. in Front Royal.

Lord Fairfax Community College observes the holiday with music performed by Russell Rinker, a presentation by the forensics team and the short film, “Legacy of a Dream.”

The college will also announce the winner of the Walking King’s Talk award, which goes to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the enhancement of human rights, civil rights, social action and civility.

Festivities begin at 12:15 p.m. Monday in the McCoy Theatre, located on the Middletown campus.

The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after each presentation.

Shenandoah University will participate in its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday.

Classes will be cancelled at the college so faculty and students can engage in community service activities.

Rev. Gil Caldwell, a veteran of the March on Washington and Selma to Montgomery March and a friend to the late King, will share the short documentary, “From Selma to Stonewall,” at 11 a.m. and lead a conversation following the screening.

From 2 to 4 p.m., the Shenandoah community will participate in a Stop Hunger Now event in the Shingleton Gymnasium, organizing and packaging 20,000 meals for people in need.

At 4:30 p.m., students, faculty and staff will gather in the Brandt Student Center rotunda for a time of sharing and a candlelight memorial walk to Armstrong Concert Hall. A worship service at 5 p.m. will feature Rev. Caldwell as guest speaker.

More than 60 student volunteers from the John Handley High School Interact Club, Boys and Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Winchester NAACP Youth Council, Shenandoah University and United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley will package and distribute household items donated by Rubbermaid Products on Monday.

Packaging will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Our Health Building at 329 N. Cameron St., Winchester, and distribution is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at various locations and neighborhoods in the North End.

The Long Branch Plantation in Boyce hosts a film screening and discussion of “The Loving Story” from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday.

The film documents the lives of Mildred and Richard Loving, who were arrested in July 1958 for violating a Virginia state law that banned interracial marriages.

The resulting court case, Loving v. Virginia, which had banned the couple from Virginia for 25 years, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967.

Admission to the event is free.

The Shenandoah National Park will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day by offering fee-free entry on Monday.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester has screenings of “Selma,” a movie about King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, through this weekend and next week. Tickets are $6 to $10.

The Zion Baptist Church of Berryville will hold a service in remembrance of King at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Bishop Sterling V. Porter, of Kingdom Life Cathedral Ministries, serves as guest speaker.

Zion Baptist Church is located at 10 Josephine St. in Berryville.

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham County NAACP presents its annual Martin Luther King Jr. program, featuring a community choir from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Also in Harrisonburg, keynote speaker Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League and former Louisiana senator and New Orleans mayor, presents a program from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Wilson Hall Auditorium at James Madison University.

In Washington, D.C., a wreath-laying service will be held at the MLK Memorial from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday.

A parade will start at 11 a.m. from Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE and Milwaukee Place SE in D.C.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com

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