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

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

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Photos: Martin Luther King Day in Reston

There were people painting, repairing, singing, speaking and discussing at Reston Community Center’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Reston over the holiday weekend.

Highlights included a large group of volunteers helping at Southgate Community Center Saturday; concerts by the Reston Community Orchestra and various groups at the annual “Voices of Inspiration” concert; and a keynote speech and performance on the progress of race in America by actor and playwright Anna Deveare Smith.

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Actress Deavere Smith Part of Reston’s MLK Day Weekend

Anna Deavere Smith/Credit: CBSActress and playwright Anne Deavere Smith will be the keynote speaker at Reston Community Center’s 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Jr. Birthday Celebration on Jan. 19.

The address, “Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity,” is at noon on Jan. 19 and is part of  three days of events to mark life and legacy of King.

Here is the schedule of community events:

Saturday, Jan. 17

9:00 a.m. —  Community Service Projects at Southgate Community Center.

Take part in a variety of projects, including sorting donations at The Closet, making meals for Embry Rucker Community Shelter, and cleaning up outdoor areas. Reston Community Center is partnering with Reston Association, Southgate Community Center, Cornerstones, and The Closet on community service projects. Registration is required through Reston Association.

4:00 p.m. — Musical Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at RCC Hunters Woods

Maestro Dingwall Fleary will lead the Reston Community Orchestra in the ninth annual musical salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Concert will feature the works of African-American composers, as well as works inspired by the civil rights movement for which Dr. King gave his life. New this year is an inspiring performance of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech by students from Reston’s Al Fatih Academy. The performance is free for all ages, and donations are appreciated.

Sunday, Jan. 18

1:30 p.m. — Art Reception, RCC Hunters Woods

Reston children have created works with themes centered on the history of King and the civil rights movement,  art will be on display from early January through the end of the month.

3 p.m. — Community March — Lake Anne Plaza

Community members will assemble at Lake Anne Plaza, where Rev. David North will teach a brief history of songs used in the civil rights movement and then lead everyone marching and singing songs to Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation. A shuttle bus will run between the two sites from 2:30 p.m. until after the Voices of Inspiration program concludes.

4 p.m. — Voices of Inspiration Program at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave. 

All ages are welcome to the free program. This is the 25th Anniversary program honoring Dr. King, which is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church.

8 p.m. —  “Snapshots: Portrait of a World In Transition,” at CenterStage

Anna Deavere Smith performs her one woman show, “Snapshots: Portrait of a World In Transition,” at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Smith slips in and out of character recreating a diversity of emotions and points of view on controversial issues. Tickets are $25 for Reston residents and employees, and $50 for non Reston, and are available through the CenterStage box office.

Monday, Jan. 19

11:30 a.m. — Children’s Activities at RCC Hunters Woods

Children in first through sixth grades are invited to take part in a series of activities based on the history of King and the civil rights movement.

Noon — Anna Deavere Smith’s Keynote Address, “Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity” at CenterStage

A Community Lunch immediately follows. Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and employees, and $10 for others.

For volunteer opportunities, visit RCC’s website.

Photo: Anna Deavere Smith/Credit: CBS

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MLK Day: Reston Community Center Site of Three Days of Celebration

Sweet Honey in the Rock/Credit: Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, Jan. 20, and the Reston Community Center has a full slate of events for the community to honor Dr. King. Special guests this year is Sweet Honey in the Rock, the award-winning women’s a cappella group. There will be several changes to catch the group during three days of events and service projects in Reston.

Here is the lineup and how you can get involved:

SATURDAY

Community service: RCC is partnering with Southgate Community Center, Reston Association, Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith), and The Closet on projects including making bag lunches for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter;  sorting and organizing items from The Closet and several other projects at Southgate Community Center. There will also be several outdoor projects such as cleaning up the natural areas, pathways, and hardscape surrounding the area, weather permitting.

Volunteer hours conclude around noon, at which point volunteers will gather to share a lunch that will be provided. Sorting donations is for ages 13 and up. Children 12 and younger are welcome to participate in the other projects, but they must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. To volunteer, please contact Ha Brock, Reston Association Community Outreach Specialist, at 703-435-7986 or [email protected].

Reston Community Orchestra Concert: 8th Annual Memorial Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 4 p.m. RCC Hunters Woods.

Maestro Dingwall Fleary will lead the Reston Community Orchestra in musical salute to Dr. King. An integral part of Reston’s weekend of celebration and remembrance, the concert will feature the works of African-American composers, as well as works inspired by the civil rights movement for which Dr. King gave his life. Joining the RCO is vocalist Beverly Cosham. Free.

SUNDAY

Art by Reston Schools Reception: 1:30 p.m., RCC Hunters Woods, Free
The creativity of Reston students will be celebrated at this reception. Students have created works based on Dr. King and the civil rights movement. The works will be on display though the end of January.

Commemorative March: 3 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza, all ages
Community members will assemble at Lake Anne Plaza. Rev. David North will teach a brief history of songs used in the civil rights movement and then lead everyone marching and singing songs to the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation. A shuttle bus will run between the two sites from 2:30 p.m. until after the Voices of Inspiration program concludes.

Voices of Inspiration Concert: 4 p.m., Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston. Free.
Voices of Inspiration is the 24th Anniversary program honoring Dr. King. This event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church and includes many Reston faith communities.

Sweet Honey in the Rock Concert: 8 p.m., RCC Hunters Woods; SOLD OUT
As part of the 2013/2014 Professional Touring Artist Series, the musical group  will perform in the CenterStage.

MONDAY

Sweet Honey in the Rock Sing-a-long: 11 a.m.,  RCC Hunters Woods. Tickets:  $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. Visit RCC’s ticket site to purchase tickets.

Community Lunch & Sweet Honey in the Rock Keynote Address:  12:30 p.m., RCC Hunters Woods. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. Visit RCC’s ticket site to purchase tickets. There will be a family-style community lunch followed by a specially prepared musical keynote address featuring the songs of the civil rights movement.

Especially for Youth: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 6 – 12 Years Old • Free
Registration Required • 704750-4A
Register your school age child (Grades 1 to 6 to participate in activities at RCC. Children should be registered in advance. Limited on-site registration will be available on the day of the event. Children will rotate through a series of activities including a performance, an age-appropriate video, and arts and crafts. All activities will be based on the history of Dr. King and the civil rights movement.

Photo of Sweet Honey in the Rock by Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks

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