Visit Annapolis and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the holiday weekend of January 19-21, 2019. Maryland’s beautiful seaside capital has a history that prominently features African Americans. The city’s records from the 19th century state “they comprised one-third of the population in Annapolis.”
King became the inspirational leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement after delivering his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for advancing civil rights through nonviolent civil disobedience, King tragically lost his life four years later.
You and your family can spend Saturday and Sunday visiting the Banneker-Douglas Museum and Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, along with the other usual Annapolis landmarks like the Naval Academy. On Monday, get ready to be entertained by the 5th Annual MLK Day Dream to Reality Parade.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum is Maryland’s official museum of African American history and culture. Named after Maryland residents Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, prominent African Americans who fought for the end of slavery, the museum highlights the contributions of African American citizens of Maryland.
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is the only monument in the United States commemorating the actual name and place of arrival of an African slave. Next to the statues of Roots novelist Alex Haley and three children are three bronze plaques, including one dedicated in 1981 that contains the original acknowledgement of Kunta Kinte’s arrival on the slave ship Lord Ligonier in 1767.
5th Annual MLK Day Dream to Reality Parade
Hosted by sponsors City of Annapolis and the MLK Parade Committee, the 5th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream to Reality Parade will start at 12 noon on Monday, January 21, 2019. Beginning on Amos Garrett Boulevard and continuing down West Street and Main Street, the parade will be a celebration of Dr. King’s life and equality for all Americans.
Your Inn Near Annapolis MLK Weekend Celebration
The above places and event are near Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.