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For Immediate Release: Friday, February 11, 2022

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee will host, “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things for the Fight for Freedom,” a tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Heroes of The Civil Rights Movement during Black History Month. The event is free and will take place on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda.

The County’s annual in-person event was originally planned for January but postponed until Feb. 18 due to the increased spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things for the Fight for Freedom will highlight the lives of celebrities and everyday people who supported Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. Those in attendance will be able to learn how our Nation’s most celebrated superstars put their careers and lives on the line to fight for freedom and justice for all and discover local civil rights participants who made significant contributions to the fight for justice in Montgomery County. This event will include musical performances and reenactments of celebrities such as Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone and more.

To add to the celebration, Montgomery County Public Schools students were given the opportunity to submit a poem or song written with an understanding and appreciation of the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Three winners have been chosen and will perform their submissions at the event. 

For more information, visit the Strathmore website or the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights website.

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Release ID: 22-103
Media Contact: Monika Hammer 240-463-2442