The 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Freedom Walk takes place on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Southeast Washington, D.C. Officially endorsed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, this event honors the life and legacy of Dr. King with a Peace Walk in our community and a Freedom Walk across the newly named Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.
The theme for this year’s walk is, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence in our community.”
There will be two walking routes for this year’s event. The first is a symbolic Freedom March across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge beginning at 8:45 a.m., and the second route, the Official Peace Walk will start at 10 a.m. and travel up Martin Luther King Avenue beginning at the offices of the United Black Fund (2500 MLK Ave. SE) and ending with a program at Shepherd Park (Intersection of MLK Ave. SE. & Malcolm X Blvd. SE.). The Freedom Walk portion will symbolize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. Marchers are encouraged to view the historical Selma to Montgomery, AL march as it is sure to remind you the importance of this critical and significant moment in Civil Rights history.
The event is free and open to the public. All students participating in the 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Freedom Walk will receive Community Service Hours. Students are encouraged to bring their Community Hours form with them the day of the event so it can be validated.