A Virtual Marade?

By Jermani Howard 

Just another day in a pandemic, in 2021. But this year, Jan. 18 was a very special day. It was MLK Day (Martin Luther King JR)! MLK Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King’s birthday is January 15. 

The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. 

Every year in January, there is a marade to celebrate MLK and all he has done for Black people and their community. All schools close in honor of his work. 

This past Monday, Jan. 18. was different. Due to the everyday cases of the COVID-19, this year there was not a MLK Marade. Instead, there was Virtual Marade. A lot of people were concerned about how it could work virtually, because the Marade is a long march-parade with thousands of people (all kinds or races of people) marching to celebrate the lives of black people and MLK. A recording of the virtual marade can be found on the website: www.drmartinlkingjrchc.org 

This year was a successful marade, even though it was virtual. Like usual, many celebrated the life that MLK lived. They celebrated the lives of Black children, Black women and Black men. This year, the celebration felt even more necessary, due to protests over the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement, and even more and more everyday. So if you have not seen the marade yet, what are you doing? Get up and celebrate. It’s not too late to see the marade at the link above.