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Coming Up: Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Weekend

by Fatimah Waseem January 10, 2018 at 11:30 am 19 Comments

Reston Community Center will hold a series of events this weekend to kick-off the 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration.

Tamika Mallory, co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, will deliver a keynote address on Monday at noon at RCC Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road). Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and $10 for all others. A community lunch will follow the speech.

Mallory, a nationally recognized advocate for social justice, worked closely with the Obama administration to push for civil rights, health care, equal rights for women and ending gun violence.

Leila Gordon, RCC’s executive director, said Mallory is among the “new and urgent voices” pushing the country toward realizing Dr. King’s vision.

“Reston’s annual celebration of his birthday has always been designed to reinvigorate our commitments to the goals of the civil rights movement and the values of Reston’s founding. We look forward to Ms. Mallory’s visit and her call to action,” Gordon wrote in a statement.

Tickets are available for purchase at CenterStage box office or online.

A breakdown of events scheduled for the celebration weekend is below.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Sunday, Jan. 14

Monday, Jan. 15

  • Youth Program at RCC Hunters Woods: While the community lunch takes place, children in first grade through sixth grade can watch videos, complete arts and crafts and do other activities based on the history of the civil rights movement from 11;30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Limited on-site registration will be available on the day of the event.

The celebration weekend is made possible by Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Reston Community Orchestra, Reston Association, Southgate Community Center and Cornerstones, with the support of other religious and civic organizations, business groups, and schools.

Several days after the celebration weekend, RCC Hunters Woods will feature a performance about friendship and multiculturalism on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. 

Mohammad Bilal and Josh “Boac” Goldstein will challenge stereotypes linked to black and white, Jew and Muslim, and urban and suburban during their hip-hop concert titled, “The Color Orange.” Tickets are available for purchase $15 for Reston residents and $20 for all others.

Photo via Women’s March

  • meh

    $5 to listen to hate speech? Wow, what a steal of a deal. Let me guess, it’s all the patriarchal white mans fault. She’ll come out wearing some fetch pink hat and say “Me Too” a handful of times.

    Wasn’t Dr Kings vision to be judged on the CONTENT of the character and not the color of the skin? It’s OK to be white

    • The Constitutionalist

      Just wait until they remember that he was a Christian and, oh please, where’s my safe space again? – A Republican.

      *puffs inhaler*

      • Mike M

        See you at the scream fest on the anniversary!

    • Reston Realist

      How can it be Hate Speech?? Don’t you remember the lawn signs — “There is no room for Hate in Reston” (or something like that)

      • OneReally

        Folks with those signs are probably some of the most self-righteous in the community (IMHO).

        At least seems to be my experience with my neighborhood.

    • Greg

      It’s actually much more than $5 since we are specially taxed for the RCC’s bloat and bias.

    • RTC Denizen

      Stop trying to make “fetch” happen

  • Mike M

    ” recognized advocate”
    Please explain. Recognized by whom?

    “for social justice”
    Please explain?

    “ending gun violence.”
    Oh, really? How’s that coming?

    • meh

      Mike, the answer to all three questions is “that’s racist” Now please go to the back of the bus

      • Mike M

        The bus to the re-education camps?

        • meh

          That’s correct.

    • Anonymous Person

      Well at least based on the story, we know this individual fought for just one civil right. I want to know which one that was.

      I’m not sure which I want more, someone to proofread this site, or for this lady that is prejudiced against white men to come and tell me how racist I am for my genetic makeup.

      • Mike M

        My response to that conundrum:
        McCormick and Schmick’s remains opened! But the Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. So, there’s editing, then there’s them pesky basic facts. I won’t mention gratuitous censorship.

    • Conservative Senior

      Just google her name to find out who she is. How much is she being paid by RCC?

  • 5Dollar

    Only 5 dollars to hear about how racist white people are? What a steal!

  • One LibIknow

    Garbage. RCC supports the most divisive agenda.

  • Fact

    Tamika she s a beautiful lady and a good soul. Lets pray that things work out for her, because deep down we ALL know the struggles. If Tamika wins WE all win, because its still a free country and ideology is not constrained by right or left but rather, have you fulfilled the purpose in your life. Because there is more than one…

    • OneReally

      What are the struggles?

      Please explain them?

  • pinkHat

    Alright, lets all put on last years pink pussy hats, turn a blind eye to the crime issues surrounding the RCC, and blame all our problems on conservative white males!


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