Annual Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Event with keynote speaker Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Friday January 15 saw the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life and legacy, an annual program hosted by the Anacostia Community Museum, at the Baird auditorium in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.  The keynote address by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, and an on-stage discussion on the theme of “Looking Back, Moving Forward” with moderator Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the D.C. Public Library system were well attended.

January 15, 2016 - Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton, Anacostia Community Museum Director Camille Akeju, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and Paul Perry pose for a photograph prior to the commencement of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton, Anacostia Community Museum Director Camille Akeju, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and Paul Perry pose for a photograph prior to the commencement of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Attendees gather for the 2016 Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Anniversary Celebration. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Attendees gather for the 2016 Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Anniversary Celebration. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Smithsonian Institution Secretary David Skorton makes remarks at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Anacostia Community Museum. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Smithsonian Institution Secretary David Skorton makes remarks at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Anacostia Community Museum. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Members of the Anacostia Museum Youth Advisory Board and Museum Academy present themselves before the audience at the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Members of the Anacostia Museum Youth Advisory Board and Museum Academy present themselves before the audience at the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Deputy DC Mayor for greater economic opportunity Courtney Snowden made remarks at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration hosted by the Anacostia Community Museum. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Deputy DC Mayor for greater economic opportunity Courtney Snowden made remarks at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration hosted by the Anacostia Community Museum. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Crazee Praize Nation performed for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Crazee Praize Nation performed for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Crazee Praize Nation performed for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Crazee Praize Nation performed for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Crazee Praize Nation performed for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Crazee Praize Nation performed for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad gave the keynote address for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad gave the keynote address for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad and DC Public LIbrary Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan answered questions from the audience at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad and DC Public LIbrary Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan answered questions from the audience at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Members of the audience ask questions during the 2016 Anacostia Community Museum Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Members of the audience ask questions during the 2016 Anacostia Community Museum Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 - Crazee Praize Nation performed for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

January 15, 2016 – Crazee Praize Nation performed for the Anacostia Community Museum 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration event.Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution