Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Join the City of Rockville for the 51st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. This free event features performances, awards, a keynote speaker, interactive booths and a continental breakfast (while supplies last).
Monday, January 16, 2023
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Program begins at 10:30 a.m.
Richard Montgomery High School
2023 Event Theme
Boldly Imagining Our Future
Reflecting on the decades since the civil rights activism of the 20th century, we consider the work before us. Millennials and Gen Z have ushered us into a new era of disruption and activism for racial, economic, social, gender and disability justice. The next generation of activists is at the forefront of imagining and creating a more equitable, just and inclusive world.
Today’s theme challenges our community to achieve Dr. King’s dream through daring ingenuity in our communities. As Dr. King said, “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always right to do right.” Even as we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, oppressive systems continue to exclude and harm members of our community, including Black and Indigenous people, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, immigrants, low-income individuals and families, and our unhoused neighbors. These injustices are complex and far reaching, creating barrier after barrier for people pursuing their dreams. Today’s theme invites courage, creativity and curiosity. What lessons can we bring from the civil rights movement into the advocacy of today? How and why do our institutions continue to fail marginalized communities? How can we bravely and effectively reimagine our communities and our world to ensure a just and equitable society for everyone?
As part of the celebration, the City of Rockville’s Human Rights Commission will present two awards. The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award is given to a student from a Rockville high school who has worked to fulfill Dr. King's dream. The F. Michael Taff Award is given to a business, organization or adult that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award
The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award is for a high school student (living in or attending a school in Rockville) who has helped to advance the goals and dreams of Dr. King in either their school or the community.
F. Michael Taff Award
The Taff Award nomination is awarded to an individual, organization, non-profit employer or business that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the City of Rockville, such as through efforts to improve accessibility or raise public awareness.
Community Group Participation
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration offers tabling options for non-profit, 501(c) organizations that promote the values instilled by Dr. King. Tables are free, but must be reserved by Friday, December 16, 2022.