Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in the Baltimore area
Parades, performances and more in Baltimore for the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
Film screening: 'Sisters of Selma': As part of the "Keeping the Dream Alive - a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr." observation, St. Ignatius Church will present the documentary "Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change." Serving as facilitator for the film and the following discussion will be Sister Gwynette Proctor. 7 p.m. Jan. 15. 740 N. Calvert St. Free. 410-727-3848 or st-ignatius.net.
Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Pratt Library's annual King Commemorative Lecture is presented by DeWayne Wickham, the founding dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication and distinguished professor of journalism at Morgan State University with nearly four decades experience as a journalist. 2 p.m. Jan. 16. Enoch Pratt Library, Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St. Free. 410-396-603 or prattlibrary.org.
Fired Up: The Concert: Featuring performances from Shades of Yale as well as speakers evoking the power and spirit of Martin Luther King's words. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 16. The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave. $5-$10. 410-563-3404 or greatblacksinwax.org.
D.I.V.A.S. For Dr. King: An annual concert honoring local women for community service, in honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 3 p.m. Jan. 17. Triumph Community Church, 425 W. Monument St. Free. 410-728-0112 or triumphcommunitychurch.org.
MLK Jr. Day Breakfast: Civil Wrongs to Civil Rights and Back Again will include a traditional breakfast with a guest speaker, a performance by Brenda Tucker and a self-guided museum tour. 9 a.m. Jan. 18. The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave. $20-$25. 443-563-3404 or greatblacksinwax.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: The American Visionary Art Museum offers a day of guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops and special performances. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 18. 800 Key Highway. Free. 410-244-1900 or avam.org.
MLK Day at the Museum: Featuring a reading of Jeff Stetson's play "The Meeting," about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., presented by Evolutionary Art Works. A Q&A follows with the director, as well as an afternoon of film screenings related to King and the civil rights movement. The galleries will also be open. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 18. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. $5. 443-263-1800 or lewismuseum.org.
Songs of Freedom: Honoring Dr. King through Songs of Human and Civil Rights: Includes projects/displays, a performance from the Florence Bain Senior Center Gospel Choir. young vocalists and an interactive music workshop from musician Scott Paynter, who will teach and perform freedom-based songs from Bob Marley, John Lennon, Peter Tosh and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 18. Roger Carter Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City. Free. 410-480-3250 or hchsmd.org/events.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade: Baltimore honors the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with regional marching bands, color guards, steppers, equestrian units, dance squads, civic organizations, and floats. The parade steps off at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, continuing south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Sonja Sohn of 'The Wire,' Ravens' Justin Forsett to be MLK parade grand marshals. Noon Jan. 18. Free. 410-752-8632 or promotionandarts.org.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade: The parade will proceed through Annapolis' downtown area, beginning on Amos Garrett Boulevard, making a right turn on West Street, proceeding around Church Circle, then down Main Street, turning left on Randall Street, and ending at the Market House. Noon Jan. 18. Free. annapolis.gov.
2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation: Claudia Rankine, a Jamaican-born award-winning author and poet, will speak at Loyola University Maryland's annual convocation. 5 p.m. Jan. 18. McGuire Hall, Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles St. Free. 410-617-2000 or loyola.edu/joinus/mlkconvocation.aspx.