49th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Program
January 14, 2022, 7 p.m. - A Virtual Program
The City of Alexandria invites the community to join the 49th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program hosted by Alexandria’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Planning Committee. Together, we will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King in reverence to the King Center’s 2022 theme, It Starts With Me: Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community.
Alexandria civic leader and activist, Alice P. Morgan, initiated the City’s first memorial program in 1973 to honor Dr. King’s legacy and mission. The program was endorsed by then Mayor Charles Beatley to be held on Dr. King’s birthday upon being approached by Morgan and other citizens. This was a decade prior to President Ronald Reagan signing the holiday bill into law in 1983 and three decades prior to every state recognizing and celebrating Dr. King’s birthday as a National Holiday.
The Committee will commemorate its 49th year celebrating the legacy of Dr. King Friday, January 14th at 7 p.m.
This year’s celebration will feature greetings by the Honorable Senator Mark R. Warner, opening remarks by the Honorable Justin M. Wilson, Mayor. It Starts With Me: A Call to Action presented by Councilwoman Del Pepper. Performances and musical selections provided by local youth and the Alexandria City High School Orchestra, and a salutatory farewell by City Manager, Mark Jinks.
View or print and share the program flyer.
It Starts With Me: Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community.
It Starts with Me
- Lift Every Voice and Sing, Performed by Victoria Vinson
- Welcome, Mistress of Ceremonies Samia Byrd
- Greetings, Senator Mark R. Warner
- Opening Remarks, Mayor Justin M. Wilson
What is your Life's Bluepirnt?
- Musical Selection, Alexandria City High School Orchestra
- Call to Action, Councilwoman Del Pepper
- Powerful Orations, Local Youth, Mila Garcia, Elijah Byrd, Isaiah Sellers and Christina Vinson
- Liturgical Dance Performance by Jocclynne Scott
We Shall Overcome
- Civil Rights Accomplishments in Recent Times
- Closing Remarks with City Manager Mark Jinks and Alexandria Living Legend Roaa Byrd
- Choral Reprise, We Shall Overcome
View or print the souvenir program to read biographies of the participants.