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2022 MLK Celebration

Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
January 15 – 17, 2022

This year’s 37th Annual Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration is full of opportunities for everyone. It is an inspiring three-day event that includes special performances by the Reston Community Orchestra, Baratunde Thurston and a Keynote Speech by Heather McGhee followed by a community luncheon.

Saturday, January 15


Reston Community Orchestra
Annual Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Words and Music as Diverse as the World of Which He Dreamed
4:00 p.m. • RCC Hunters Woods – Community Room
All Ages • Free

Combining the traditions of African American culture and Western classical music, the concert pays tribute to Dr. King’s vision of a society free of prejudice and racial divisions, and his belief in the power of music to help create positive change. Featured performers will include students from Al Fatih Academy and song stylist Beverly Cosham, Bryan Jackson, and New World Order Horns presenting music by a variety of composers honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Free tickets will be available through the CenterStage Box Office two weeks prior to the performance.

Sunday, January 16

Baratunde Thurston
Writer, Comedian, Activist
2:00 p.m. • RCC Hunters Woods – the CenterStage
$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Baratunde Thurston holds space for hard and complex conversations with his blend of humor, wisdom and compassion. He is an Emmy-nominated TV host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House and written The New York Times bestseller How To Be Black. As the executive producer and host of How to Citizen with Baratunde, which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020, Baratunde also received the Social Impact Award at the 2021 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. Baratunde is unique in his ability to integrate and synthesize themes of race, culture, politics and technology to explain where our nation is and where we can take it. It is recommended that children under 16 be accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets.

Monday, January 17

Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address and Community Lunch: Heather McGhee
11:00 a.m. • RCC Hunters Woods – the CenterStage and Community Room
$5 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

A renowned expert on the American economy, Heather McGhee is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both her viral TED talk and her instant New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us reveal the devastating true cost of racism – not just for people of color, but for everyone. Deeply stirring, intelligent and compassionate, McGhee’s talks offer us an actionable roadmap during one of the most critical – and most troubled – periods in history. To purchase tickets.

MLK Birthday Celebration Especially for Youth
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • RCC Hunters Woods
6 – 12 Years Old • Free • Registration Required: #704750-2A

You may register your school-age child (first to sixth grade) to participate in activities at RCC. Children must be registered in advance and no onsite registration will be available on the day of the event. Children will rotate through a series of activities, including an age-appropriate video and arts and crafts. All activities will be based on the history of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Lunch will be provided. To register.

Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Exhibit
January 2022 • RCC Hunters Woods
Art from Reston’s elementary schools celebrating Dr. King and his life’s work. For more information.

The Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration weekend is presented by Reston Community Center in cooperation with the Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church, the Office of Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn, Reston Community Orchestra and schools.

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