January 12, 2022

Day of Reflection and Reconciliation Ceremony

The Memorial Foundation, builders of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, will host its annual Day of Reflection and Reconciliation ceremony on Monday, January 17, 2022. New this year to the observance, the Foundation will host “Replenishing the Spirit,” a musical commemoration with songs of hope and inspiration.

The Day of Reflection and Reconciliation will begin at 9:00 a.m. with an address by Bishop William Barber, President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, followed by the “Replenishing the Spirit” program from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. which will include remarks and a ceremonial wreath-laying by Martin Luther King III.

“Replenishing the Spirit” is presented by Washington Performing Arts’ signature community initiative Mars Arts D.C.  featuring D.C.-affiliated artists. The program includes performances by Broadway vocalist and past American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis, gospel ensemble Roderick Giles & Grace, actor and vocalist Roz White, hip-hop and spoken word artist Yusha Assad, a cappella ensemble Reverb, hip-hop emcee Dior Ashley Brown, emcee and spoken word artist Kaimbr, and more.

About Washington Performing Arts

One of the most established and honored performing arts institutions in America, Washington Performing Arts has engaged for more than half a century with artists, audiences, students, and civic life. The city is truly our stage: for decades, in venues ranging from concert halls and clubs to public parks, we have presented a tremendous range of artists and art forms, from the most distinguished symphony orchestras to both renowned and emerging artists in classical music, gospel music, jazz, and other rich traditions from around the world. Learn more at www.washingtonperformingarts.org.

About Mars Arts D.C.

Mars Arts D.C. is Washington Performing Arts’s signature community engagement project. The product of a partnership between Washington Performing Arts, Jacqueline Badger Mars, and Mars, Incorporated, Mars Arts D.C. carries out its mission of presenting and elevating the dynamic vibrancy found in the local arts community and business economy through ever-growing artist engagement and long-term communal partnerships.