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The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Vacation Commission was established by order of the Howard County Executive to encourage and coordinate appropriate ceremonies and activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Commissioners are appointed by the county executive for an initial term. two years. Each year, the MLK celebration takes place on the third Sunday in January. Service Day is the next day, the third Monday in January. The Day of Service provides a variety of opportunities for service throughout the community that is representative of Dr. King’s dedication to servant leadership.

The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Vacation Commission encourages you to honor Dr. King’s legacy by participating in our year-round service activities, our annual MLK Vacation Celebration, and our Day of Service. :

MARTIN LUTHER KING. JR. MONTHLY FOOD PACKAGE

The monthly pop-up pantry is hosted in partnership with the Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County. Each month, more than 300 families receive the food they need so badly in these difficult times.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected] or call (443) 386-0405.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 2022 HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Howard County Director Calvin Ball, Office of Human Rights and Equity, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Vacation Commission invite you to join us virtually for our annual MLK Vacation Celebration on Sunday Jan. 16, airing at 2 p.m. on the Howard County Facebook page and YouTube channel.

We are disappointed that we cannot host this year’s celebration in person, but due to an increase in COVID cases, we want to put everyone’s health and safety first. Tune in to this awesome event and listen to Wes Moore, our guest speaker, and watch our contest winning students receive their prizes.

In addition, we will honor community leaders who have been selected as recipients of the Living the Dream Award. You don’t want to miss this year’s virtual program!

SERVICE DAY 2022

THE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP “I CAN I WILL” CREATING PEACE

by Howard County HopeWorks

Anyone can do something. In this interactive workshop, presented by HopeWorks, we’ll talk about all the things – big and small – we can do to build peaceful and healthy relationships and communities.

Participants are encouraged to prepare art materials as, after our discussion, we will spend time listening to a speech and music by Dr. King as we create art to inspire healing, fairness and transformation.

Be prepared with any art supplies you have, including crayons, colored pencils, markers, cardboard, or journal.

Suitable for ages 8 and up

REGISTER HERE

Chesapeake conversations: Monday January 17 7 p.m. – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vacation, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake’s One Water Partnership invites you to join us for a virtual screening of the short film on environmental justice Disruption: Baltimore’s “highway to nowhere” followed by a round table.

Old West Baltimore was one of America’s most vibrant black communities that was irreparably disrupted and damaged by 20th century federal highway projects. This short film begins to explore the history and legacy of Baltimore’s infamous “Highway To Nowhere” and the damage its construction has caused to a once large American community.

Round table and questions and answers with:

Rev. Brenda White, MDIV, Allen AME Church & Pathway Forward
Nneka Nnamdi, Fighting the Bmore Scourge
Darin Crew, Blue Water Baltimore, Senior Director of Operations
Rabbi Deborah Wechsler, Chizuk Amuno, Opening Reflection and Prayer for Tu Bishvat

REGISTER HERE

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY COMMISSION FOOD DRIVE SERVICE DAY

You can spread love and compassion without leaving your home all year round! Donate to the Howard Martin Luther King, Jr. County Food Drive through Amazon. These items are in high demand at the Howard County Food Bank.

Donate Food Via Amazon’s Wish List HERE

HOWARD COUNTY FOOD BANK MLK VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE

You are invited to join with fellow Howard County neighbors in supporting the Howard County Food Bank’s fundraising efforts. It is a significant way to take a small step towards realizing Dr. King’s beloved community vision.

The MLK Commission strongly encourages you to contribute on Monday, January 17, 2022, in honor of the Annual Day of Service: “One day in a row, not a day off”.

Donate funds for the pantry HERE

Aurora J. William