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Virtual MLK Day Celebration to Feature Week of Service

Rockville honors Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy in January as the city holds its 50th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with a virtual ceremony on Monday, Jan. 17 and a week of service activities.

King recognized the power of service, famously saying “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making our community a better place.

The city has planned six service activities following social distancing guidelines: cleanups of a trail at Croydon Creek Nature Center; a Weed Warrior activity; a self-guided neighborhood cleanup; and making blankets for sick children, scarves for families in need and crafts for children in need. Find more information, including how to register, and discover other ways to give back to the community, at

In addition, the city’s Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for two awards to be presented during the virtual celebration.

A high school student who lives in or attends school in Rockville and has worked to fulfill King’s dream in their school or the community will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award. An individual, organization or business that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the City of Rockville, such as through efforts to improve accessibility or raise public awareness, will receive the F. Michael Taff Award.

Find and submit nomination forms at The submission deadline is Sunday, Dec. 5.

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