Archdiocese of Washington Annual Mass to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year the archdiocese hosts an annual Mass celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Archdiocese of Washington Mass Gospel Choir performs a musical program of spirituals, Gospel, and traditional Catholic music celebrating our common mission to work for social justice for all of God’s people. The choir will also provide the music for the Mass which immediately follows the concert.

The Archdiocese of Washington Black/African-American Ministry cosponsors, with the Catholic Schools Office, an essay contest, open to eighth grade students who are either attending a Catholic school or are attending Religious Education at their parish, about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awards are presented to the winners at the end of Mass, with a reception immediately following.

The Mass and celebration are an ongoing acknowledgement of our call to discipleship. This annual commemoration draws Catholics of all backgrounds from around the archdiocese. This Mass will not only celebrate the memory of Dr. King, but will also celebrate the rich history of Black Catholics in the archdiocese.

For more information you may contact:
Sandra Coles-Bell, Program Director
Phone: 301 853-4469   email: [email protected]


Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach Staff

Javier Bustamante, Executive Director
301-853-4468 | [email protected]

Sandra Coles-Bell, Program Director
301-853-4469 | [email protected]

Claudia Bartolini, Coordinator of Resource Development
301-853-5335 | [email protected]

Office e-mail: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260