Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Not just another Bank Holiday a.k.a another day off…

by Erica Starr 14. January 2011

Dr. King is known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and around the world. Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post offices and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  January 17, 2011 (the observed holiday for Martin L King Jr. Day) marks the 25th anniversary of the national holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you’re one of the fortunate who has the day off, then take advantage of the opportunity. Instead of using the day to lay around the house or finish up that last bit of gift returns/exchanges, get out and commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  legacy by learning about his life at one of the many celebrations and programs at Baltimore area museums and libraries.

The city of Baltimore and its surrounding counties do a fabulous job providing numerous activities in which folks can learn and honor the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in recent history.  For starters, come out and enjoy the city’s 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade as it proceeds down MLK Blvd. Too cold? That’s okay, stay warm at the American Visionary Arts Museum as they celebrate Martin Luther King Day at the AVAM. Not lucky enough to have the day off on MLK Day? That’s okay too.  Port Discovery is hosting their “I have a Dream Weekend.” Another weekend event that you might want to check out is the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History ‘s “Martin Luther King. Jr. Weekend”. As you can see, Baltimore is all about options - from parades to lectures, there are plenty of different activities out there for you and your family to spend the long weekend.

Although it is a most welcomed day off for some, please remember that it is also a national day of service to honor the life and dreams of the man responsible - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Click here for details on Baltimore MLK events.



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