Bahai News - Events to Honor King
Sunday, January 14, 2001; Page T04
Events to Honor King
In County and in Reston
The life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated
today and tomorrow as Loudoun County holds its ninth and Reston holds its
15th annual remembrance of the slain civil rights leader.
In Loudoun, participants will gather at 10 a.m. tomorrow on the courthouse
lawn at King and Market streets in Leesburg and march to Douglass Community
Center on East Market Street, stepping off at 10:30 a.m. A reception will
follow at 11:30 a.m.
This year's theme is "How to Live the Dream," with guest speaker Wendall
T. Fisher, senior program director of the YMCA of Loudoun County and a
former School Board member.
Entertainment will be provided by Mosaic Harmony, the Potomac Falls High
School Step Team, the One World Baha'i Youth Workshop and singer Gladys
To accommodate the march, one block of East Market Street, from King to
Church streets, will be closed to traffic from 9:30 to 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Other closings tomorrow for King Day will include the Loudoun County
landfill, county libraries and the county animal shelter. The libraries
will be open during normal hours today.
In Reston, events will begin at 2:30 p.m. today with a march from the
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. Later in the day, there will be a
concert at the Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church, featuring a choir
from the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation.
Tomorrow's day-long schedule in Reston begins with an 8 a.m. prayer
breakfast at the community center at Hunters Woods, with a speech by Ruby
DeMesme, an assistant secretary of the Air Force. Later, there will be
activities for youths and seniors and an afternoon gospel concert and
birthday celebration whose keynote speaker will be Belle S. Wheelan,
president of Northern Virginia Community College.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the
activities in Reston, call Haywood R. Hopson Jr. at 703-476-4500.
King was killed by a sniper April 4, 1968, as he stood on a hotel balcony
in Memphis. Monday, which would have been King's 72nd birthday, is a
©Copyright 2001, Washington Post
Page last updated/revised 011501
Return to the Bahá'í Association's Main Web Page