ALEXANDRIA, VA – The City of Alexandria announced today it will honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a virtual program on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. The program will be shown on the city’s website, social media and cable channels 70 and 1084.
“It Starts With Me: Shifting Priorities to Build the Beloved Community” will be presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Planning Committee.
Meant to honor the life and legacy of the minister and civil rights leader, the event will feature remarks from Alexandria mayor Justin Wilson as well as retiring City Manager Mark Jinks. A special musical performance by The Alexandria City High School Orchestra is planned.
Former councilwoman Del Pepper will also give a presentation.
King was born January 15, 1929. During his 39 years of life, he fought to give Blacks the right to vote, made desegregation of public places a top priority, and led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. In 1963, he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. One year later, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on the evening of April 4, 1968.