Take part in memories of MLK in Arlington

January 15, 2012 by  

January 16 is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. Arlington will be recognizing that day in a number of ways. January 16 has also been named MLK Day of Service. MLK Day of service encourages the public to pledge to serve their neighbors and community.

The 43rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute will take place at Washington-Lee High School on January 15 from 7-9 pm. There will be musical guests, dance and storytelling. A keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Wilmer Leon. Musical guests will include Larry Bland and the Volunteer Choir and the dance troupe Urban Artistry will perform. Non-perishable food will be collected to be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

On January 16, the Volunteer Emergency Support Team (VEST) will be holding an information session at the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center from 9 am-1 pm. They will be distributing emergency preparedness to everyone who attends. Other organizations who will also be there are the Red Cross, Volunteer Arlington and the Arlington Fire Service. Volunteers will also be canvassing local homes to talk about fire safety. Local printing companies will not doubt be busy up until them creating informative brochures, flyers and posters for volunteers to hand out.

Also on January 16, volunteers can help their community by removing non-native plants from the Long Branch Nature Center from 2-4 pm.

No matter what you do on January 16 you should remember what Dr. King said, “What are you doing for others?” Assuring that your community takes care of and helps each other is the best way to continue his work.