Visit Annapolis over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend (January 14-16, 2017) to see the beautiful maritime city’s historic sites and celebrate America’s struggle for freedom. Born on January 15, 1929, Dr. King was a Baptist minister and activist who led the African-American Civil Rights Movement and gave his life for this cause. His role in the advancement of civil rights through nonviolent civil disobedience founded on his Christian beliefs won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Below are several Annapolis places and events that will commemorate America’s struggle for freedom. Click on each heading for more information.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum (“BDM”) is Maryland’s official museum of African American history and culture, especially as they relate to the state. Its exhibitions, programs, and projects are intended to increase appreciation and understanding of America’s rich cultural diversity. Named after Maryland residents Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, who were prominent African Americans who advocated for the end of slavery, the museum highlights the contributions of African American citizens of Maryland. Others historic figures include Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of writer Alex Haley’s Roots, James Pennington, a Brooklyn abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, organizer of the Underground Railroad, Matthew Henson, famed Arctic explorer, and Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial
The only site in the United States commemorating the actual name and place of arrival of an African slave, the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is comprised of three areas: the Alex Haley sculpture group, Compass Rose, and Story Wall. According to the memorial’s website: “The sculpture group features Alex Haley seated before a group of three children of different ethnic backgrounds. Holding a book open on his lap, he recounts his family’s history and that of the Annapolis port as the symbolic beginning of the history and journey of African Americans. Next to the statues are three bronze plaques including one dedicated in 1981 and containing the original acknowledgement of Kunta Kinte’s arrival on the slave ship Lord Ligonier in 1767.”
3rd Annual MLK Day Dream to Reality Parade
Parade sponsors the City of Annapolis and the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps have announced “History in the Making” as the theme of the 3rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream to Reality Parade on Monday, January 16, 2017, beginning 12:00 noon.
Starting at noon, the parade will march through streets of Annapolis on the national holiday commemorating Dr. King’s life and achievements. Anticipated participants are the United States Naval Academy Band, Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church Choir, the Wiley H. Bates Summer Leadership Academy, and the Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
St. John’s College “Lift Every Voice” Concert
“Join the St. John’s community as some of the finest regional vocalists perform inspiring gospel spirituals at the annual “Lift Every Voice” concert honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The community is invited to this spirited, uplifting concert, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-626-2536.”
An Inn Near the MLK Places & Events
The above places and events 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.