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Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Baltimore Metro

Tell us what this holiday means to you and how you will celebrate?

Monday, Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park.

For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend.

Baltimore City's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade will be held on Saturday, starting at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street at noon.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz marked the day with a ceremony on Friday at Mount Calvalry AME Church in Towson and handed out four Content of Character awards to county residents.

The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore will celebrate with free admission, performances and even birthday cake. Also downtown, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will host events through the weekend commemorating King's life.

Do you have an event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day that you want to share with the community? You can post it—or any other local event—in our calendar.

So, tell us—What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? What are you doing to commemorate King’s legacy?

The Holiday's History

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create.

Legislation was first proposed by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

The bill was stalled, but Conyers, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York), pushed for the holiday every legislative session until it was finally passed in 1983, following civil rights marches in Washington. 

Then-president Ronald Reagan signed it into law. Yet it was not until 2000 that every U.S. state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by its name. Before then, states like Utah referred to the holiday more broadly as Human Rights Day. 

Now, the Corporation for National and Community Service has declared it an official U.S. Day of Service.

TELL US: What does MLK Day mean to you? Tell us in the comments.

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