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About Us: Past & Present

Alice P. Morgan launched the first Memorial Program in honor of Dr. King in 1973.

In 1973, Alexandria civic leader and activist, Alice P. Morgan initiated the City’s first memorial program in honor of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program was endorsed by then Mayor Charles Beatley to be held on King’s birthday.  This was a decade prior to President Ronald Reagan signing the holiday bill into law in 1983 and three decades prior to every state recognizing and celebrating Dr. King’s birthday as a National Holiday in 2000.

The above description and a full history of the event is available at the City of Alexandria website, found here. Photos below are just a small sample of photos also available on that site. We encourage you to learn more by visiting the City site.

"In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty."

-- Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Meet the Planning Committee

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Rosa Byrd

Chair Person


Samia Byrd


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Semone Byrd

Vice Chair

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William Euille

Committee Member


Ellen Nelson


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McArthur Myers

Committee Member

Photos of Rosa Byrd and Ellen Nelson courtesy of Steven Halperson, Tisara Photography

Other Members of the Planning Committee include:

Rev Timothy Bryant

Tara Casagrande

Jason Ellis

Louise Hardy-Phillips

Heather Jelks

Beatrice McGuire

Darnella McGuire-Nelson

Lawrence Robinson

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