Observe Martin Luther King, Jr day with a special "Civil Rights Speeches" event at the Petworth Library

by Rachel Maisler

The Petworth Library is marking Martin Luther King, Jr Day with an event on Saturday, January 14th at 1:30pm with an afternoon of Civil Rights speeches. Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd will share his personal perspective on civil rights and MikeIann Scerbo will give an educational speech about the Civil Rights Movement. 

“I am delighted to speak at this event honoring the memory of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is truly a giant in the history of our nation, and the world. His commitment to public service inspired millions of Americans – myself included – to empower themselves and their communities by taking part in the political process,” Councilmember Todd said about the importance of remembering Dr. King’s legacy. “I am keenly aware that were it not for his dedicated leadership of the civil rights movement, I would very likely not be speaking with you now as a District of Columbia Councilmember.”

After a question and answer session with the speakers, attendees will be invited to share their stories about civil rights. Toastmasters experts will give feedback to both the prepared speakers and audience members on increasing the effectiveness of their speeches.

Of the event’s significance, Todd said: “[Dr. King] is a figure that each new generation can find inspiration in as we continue the pursuit of justice and equality for all. That is his lasting legacy, and I am privileged to honor it.”

Event details:
Saturday, January 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW
More info on the Facebook Event page