Loudoun County MLK Remembrance Marks 25 Years

Continuing a 25-year tradition, residents from across Loudoun will gather at the Loudoun Courthouse on Monday morning to join the annual event honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “25 Years: Community Power to Make a Change and Courage to Create a Just World.” Blake D. Morant, dean of the George Washington University Law School, will be the keynote speaker during the program that follows the march at the Douglass Community Center.

For the march, school bands, individuals, families, and community groups will gather in front of the courthouse at 10 a.m. for the march down Market Street to the community center. There, the program will include musical performances, presentations, and inspirational offerings, highlighted by Morant’s address.

Morant is dean and the Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. He most recently served as dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law. He has published extensively in his areas of scholarly focus, including contract theory, media law, and administrative law. He also has been active in national professional legal organizations throughout his career.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in a canned food drive to benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief. A drop-off area for the food drive will be at Douglass Community Center from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There will also be a community forum offered at Douglass from 9 to 10 a.m. featuring a dialogue between youth and elders.

The founding sponsors for this event are the Loudoun NAACP, Douglass Alumni Association, Bluemont Concert Series, and the Baha’i Community of Loudoun.  Individuals, families, schools, businesses, civic, and religious organizations are all welcome to participate.

For more information, contact: Tammy Carter 571-331-4721, Kimberly Etherith 703-314-1491, or Lily Dunning 540-539-5651.

3 thoughts on “Loudoun County MLK Remembrance Marks 25 Years

  • 2017-01-13 at 3:28 pm

    “The Church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the Church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” – Martin Luther King

    The Loudoun MLK Celebration includes a symbolic march from the Old Loudoun Courthouse to the Douglass Community Center, formerly Douglass High School. The Loudoun MLK Celebration is one of the largest and oldest observances in the region. Noteworthy in Loudoun history, Douglass High School was until 1968 the last segregated black high school in the area.

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