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26th Annual Martin Luther King March

Loudoun County’s 26th celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 15th.


Included in the day’s events will be:

  • A food drive at Douglass Community Center from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • A Love to Unity Dialogue & Youth Panel at 9 a.m.
  • At 10 a.m. marchers in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade will assemble at the Loudoun County Courthouse in Leesburg.
  • After an invocation at 10:15 a.m., the march will proceed from the courthouse to Douglass Community Center.
  • Refreshments and a visiting time at Douglass Community Center will begin at 11 a.m.
  • At noon, keynote speaker Pastor Michelle Thomas will give her reflections followed by music and other inspirational performances until 1:30 p.m. at Douglass Community Center. 


The Youth Panel will feature students from Broad Run High School and the University of Virginia and is sponsored by the “I Have a Dream” committee. Panelists will lead a discussion designed to inspire, empower and share ideas for the betterment of humanity.


For more information about this event, contact Paria Akhavan at


Thomas, the founder of Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries, has worked with civil rights icons such as Dick Gregory and the Rev. Hosea Williams. One of her greatest achievements in Loudoun County has been her re-discovery of The Belmont Slave Cemetery. She later founded the Loudoun Freedom Center dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of African-American cultural resources, historic communities, sacred sites and institutions.


The Douglass Community Center, formerly Douglass High School, is located at 405 East Market St. Local school bands, individuals, families and community groups will be participating in the march, one of the largest and oldest in the region. Religious and civic organizations and members of the surrounding community are asked to walk together during the march and display their banners.


The founding sponsors for this event are the Loudoun NAACP, Douglass Alumni Association, Bluemont Concert Series and the Baha’i Community of Loudoun.


For more information, contact Tammy Carter (571) 331-4721, Kimberly Etherith (703) 314-1491, or Lily Dunning (540) 539-5651.