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2015 MLK Tribute Program:
Beautiful Gospel Music From Saint Augustine Gospel Choir
Since 1977, the Saint Augustine Gospel Choir has spread its ministry across the Washington region, throughout the United States and abroad – traveling from New York to West Virginia to California, and performing to standing-room-only crowds in Italy, France, Germany and Costa Rica.
The Saint Augustine Gospel Choir is called to minister in dozens of faith-based, social justice, interdenominational, public and diplomatic events. They have presented their music at the Reagan Building, the Kennedy Center, the Howard Theater, and the National Cathedral.
The Gospel Choir was graciously received at the White House in 2012, greeting a holiday party audience that included President and Mrs. Barack Obama. The Choir has sung at holiday celebrations at the Embassy of India and, for the past four years, at the residence of Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.
The year 2011 was stellar for the choir. In February, at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York City, the choir was first runner-up in the Pathmark Gospel Choir competition among choirs from areas across the East Coast. In 2014, under the direction of Samuel Edison Cromwell, the Saint Augustine Gospel Choir proudly celebrated its 37th Anniversary. http://saintaugustine-dc.org/adult-activities/music-ministry/gospel-choir/
Exciting Dance from The Dance Institute of Washington
The Dance Institute of Washington’s Pre-Professional group will perform as part of our event program. The Pre-Professional program serves students ages 8 and up and prepares aspiring young dancers to be tomorrow’s professional artists. The program is led by former soloist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Fabian Barnes, who teaches his students to dance above and beyond their comfort zone.
This audition-based program employs a curriculum grounded in classical ballet technique, modern, hip-hop and African dance. Throughout the program, physicality, intellect, and a sense of aesthetics are developed, refined and expanded, producing students with a high caliber of performance artistry and technical skill. As a result, students who graduate from the Pre-Professional Program are well trained and prepared to pursue their passion for dance in a university or professional setting. www.danceinstitutewa.org
Keynote Address from Arlington’s Own William T. Newman, Jr.
In 1993, William T. Newman, Jr. was appointed as a Judge of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 17th Judicial Circuit covering Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. In 2003, he was named Chief Judge of the Arlington County Circuit Court. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Newman was a partner at the law firm of Carpenter, Newman, Martin, Berkowitz and Garnes. He was also involved in local politics. In 1987, he was elected to the Arlington County Board. He served as its Chairman in 1991 when he was re-elected to a second term. During his tenure in local government, he was elected President of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. Judge Newman was named by the Washingtonian magazine as one of the Best Trial Judges in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Judge Newman received his Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America, 1977, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University, 1972.
WPGC’s Justine Love to Emcee Program
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Justine Love, Director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Radio Washington and President of Just Ask Justine Media Relations, is urban radio’s connection to the community. She is a known health advocate, ultimate networker and cause educator in the community and has worked with countless organizations to bring awareness regarding issues plaguing citizens in and around D.C. She passionately educates listeners about being healthy and whole, focusing particularly on women of color and youth. From the most visible initiatives to modest efforts, she goes all in, working with various organizations, community and national leaders.
Voted Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and Who’s Who in Black Washington, Justine Love is certainly “Who’s Who”. Her community efforts go beyond radio. In the past, Love has made appearances on several national television shows heightening awareness of issues affecting black women and youth, such as BET’s Teen Summit, Our Voices, BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley and Heart and Soul. She is the co-founder of WHISPERR (We Help Inspire Students and Parents Embrace Respect and Responsibility), a private motivational and health education group and serves as Chair of Serve DC, the DC Commission on National and Community Service.
Reach her at facebook.com/JustineLove, Justine.email@example.com and JustaskJustine@AOL.com.
Community partner Ben’s Chili Bowl is offering a special discount as part of our MLK Tribute. Now through Monday, January 19 visit the Arlington Ben’s Chili Bowl location (1725 Wilson Boulevard) and say “MLK” at the register for a 10% discount off your total order!
Collect Non-Perishable Items for AFAC
Event attendees can help us “fill the van” for Arlington families in need — Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) will park the van on site prior to the tribute from 6:15-7 p.m. Requested items include:
- Canned Tuna
- Canned Beans
- Canned Soup
- Cooking Oil (plastic bottles)
- Corn Flour (Masa) or All-Purpose Flour
- Low-Sugar Cereal
Fill out the registration form to sign up to collect the most donations for AFAC. The group that collects the most donations will be recognized during the MLK Tribute event on the parks.arlingtonva.us website and Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
2015 MLK Literary and Visual Arts Contest: As part of Arlington’s tribute to Dr. King, Arlington Public Schools (APS) once again held the Literary and Visual Arts Contest. Winners of the 2015 contest will be featured in a video presentation during the event program. View the list of 2015 contest winners: http://www.apsva.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=28650.
A non-profit fair will be held in the lobby outside of the auditorium from 6-7 p.m. before the MLK Tribute program begins. To apply, complete the 2015 MLK Non-Profit-Community Vendor Application and either email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 703-228-3328.
Participating non-profit/community groups:
- Arlington Community Federal Credit Union
- Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation
- Arlington’s Car-Free Diet
- U.S. Vets. – Washington, D.C
2015 MLK Day of Service Opportunities: This page will be updated with Day of Service volunteer opportunities as they are confirmed. Current opportunities include:
Emergency Preparedness Service Event
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Arlington Mill will host a community service project. Seeking 30 volunteers age 55 and over to pack emergency kits, working side-by-side with teens from the afterschool program. Arlington’s Office of Emergency Management will distribute these kits in the community. Wednesday, January 14, 3-5 p.m., Arlington Mill, 703-228-7369
Neighborhood and Stream Cleanup
Help make Martin Luther King Day a day of service. Volunteer to clean up a section of the Four Mile Run road and stream and keep trash out of Arlington County’s largest stream watershed. Groups, families, and individuals are all welcome. Monday, January 19, 10 a.m.-noon, Barcroft Park. Registration required: arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6406.
Invasive Plant Removal
Habitat restoration underway – invasive plants beware! Adults, families, and teens are invited to come for all or part of the time to help remove invasive plants in our community. Bring work or gardening gloves if you have them, but we have plenty of loaners. Monday, January 19, 1-4 p.m., meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 703-228-3403. Free. No registration required.