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Montgomery County to Honor Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Virtual Celebration Focused on Voting Rights

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 13, 2022

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated by Montgomery County on Monday, Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m., in a virtual event that will include special greetings and remarks by County Executive Marc Elrich and County Council President Gabe Albornoz on the importance of voting rights. Civil Rights warrior and Freedom Rider Joan Mulholland also will speak as part of the tribute. 


The County’s annual in-person event planned for January to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been postponed until Feb. 18 due to the increased spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.


During the program Monday, residents will be able to watch “After Selma,” a documentary produced by Loki Mulholland featuring interviews with key stakeholders in the fight for the right to vote. The airing of the documentary will be followed by a discussion on the importance of the day of observance facilitated by Jim Stowe, director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights. The program will also include a special presentation by the Montgomery County Board of Elections.


This special event can be seen exclusively on County Cable Montgomery, the County's government cable channel Xfinity channel 6 HD 996, RCN channel 6 HD 1056 and Verizon channel 30. For people without cable, the program will also be available on CCM's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CountyCableMoCo and its website https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccm.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year, like last year, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center MLK Week of Service Event has gone largely virtual and expanded to a week (Jan. 15-22), with a variety of home-based and safely distanced service opportunities available online.


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Release ID: 22-033
Media Contact: Monika Hammer 240-463-2442
Categories: Holiday