History and Art Mark MLK Weekend in Southern Maryland, Jan. 17-19, 2020

Kimberly Bean
Published on January 12, 2020

History and Art Mark MLK Weekend in Southern Maryland, Jan. 17-19, 2020

Southern Maryland pauses this long weekend to remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Check out these events for the long weekend, including some that honor King’s impact on our world.

Explore Career Options at Annual Tech Expo

What options are available to St. Mary’s County students? Find out at the Tech Expo!

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center will host its 20th annual Forrest Center Tech Expo on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the center, which is located at 24005 Point Lookout Road
in Leonardtown.

Students and parents will learn more about the Career and Technology Education (CTE) career options offered by St. Mary’s County Public Schools. This is an opportunity to meet the staff at the Forrest Center and to learn
about the 23 completer programs (including the MIFRI Fire and Rescue/EMS program at an off-campus location) and the five elective classes that are
offered. Middle school and high school counselors will be available to answer questions about career clusters and to assist students in planning their academic program.

For more details, contact the Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center at 301-475-0242.

(Image via St. Mary’s County Public Schools on Facebook.)

Create Community Art During Annmarie Garden’s MLK Days

Come together for three days of uplifting creativity and inspiration!

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center will host MLK Days 2020 on Saturday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days.

Admission to this family-friendly event is always free, but donations for the arts center and its programs are gladly accepted.

Each year, Annmarie Garden invites a different artist to develop and lead a meaningful project inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year, visiting Baltimore artist Gary Webb will guide visitors through the creation of a community art project titled “Faces of a Dream.” Inspired by Webb’s art, the project invites guests of all ages to create a wire mask using using the artist’s “webbing technique” of twisting and bending
different kinds of wire into a self-portrait mask. Each wire portrait will be added to an ever-growing wall of faces, celebrating the diversity and beauty of our community. Materials appropriate for different ages and abilities will be available.

In addition to the community art project, guests can also enjoy the communal coloring tent and a make-and-take project in the artLAB. The gallery exhibits and sculpture garden will also be open during the event.

For more information, visit http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/node/240. Annmarie Garden is located at 13470 Dowell Road in Solomons.

(Image via Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center on Facebook.)

Annual Prayer Breakfast Celebrates King’s Legacy

Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and look toward the future at the 16th Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast.

The event will take place Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m., and the programs begins at 8 a.m. A day of service follows the program at 10 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door.

The program features a keynote address by Dr. Jason Johnson, a political contributor at MSNBC, host at SIRIUS XM, politics editor at TheRoot.com and professor of politics and journalism at Morgan State University, and author of the book “Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell” (Routledge, 2011).

He has worked for Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Internationally, he worked on the London Mayoral election, advised the Independent Electoral Commission in Johannesburg South Africa, served as an election observer in the last three contested elections in Mexico and delivered several invited talks on American politics to the Australian Embassy. Over the last two presidential cycles, Johnson delivered lecture tours throughout Europe on internet strategy in American presidential campaigns.

Johnson is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received his PhD from the University of North Carolina. 

Following the program, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, Nu Zeta Omega Chapter will host a Day of Service, providing services and activities for students of all ages and adults. With the theme “Advocacy and the Arts,” the Day of Service will include blood pressure screening, a non-perishable food drive, and a new or gently worn shoes and eyeglasses drive.

The breakfast and program will be held in the J. Frank Raley Great Room in the Campus Center, which is located at 18952 E. Fisher Road in St. Mary’s City. The Day of Service will be held within the Campus Center and
Aldom Lounge.

For more information, visit https://inside.smcm.edu/events/2020-01-20/southern-maryland-martin-luther-king-jr-prayer-breakfast.

(Image via St. Mary’s College of Maryland website.)

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