36th MLK Holiday Parade / Peace-Walk, 20 January, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. is inextricably linked to our FreeWalker Kennedy Walk legacy efforts. His dedicatedly unique life is saluted annually at the MLK Holiday Parade and Peace-Walk, which also commemorates the freedom rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

The event starts at the United Black Fund, crosses the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and ends at Shepherd Park. https://maps.google.com/ 

It is free and all ages are invited. There are a wide range of tributes to MLK’s legacy at Martin Luther King Day events throughout D.C that day.

Recommend taking Metro to Anacostia Stn. & meet me at it's above ground entryway at 10:15 - 10:30. Walk starts, 11 a.m., 2500 MLK, Jr Ave. S.E. Please contact me if you plan to attend.

http://mlkholidaydc.org/

"Walk on," Ray

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Comment by Ray Smith on January 26, 2014 at 6:22pm

Sorry for the last minute announcement but Anna, Eugene and I had an incredibly good walk experience that will serve as good research for our extended route of the MLK Peace March in Anacostia, next year. Please see their photos. We were also interviewed on DC's all news 99.1 FM for our take on the significance of the great man's day.

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