Solomons, MD—Jocelyn Scales was a senior in college at North Carolina Central University in 1968 when she walked with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a peaceful demonstration held near her campus. Her daughter Dawn Tree, a mixed media artist based out of Baltimore, says that her mother was personally affected by the issues pertaining to the civil rights movement since she was a child, so walking with Dr. King wasn’t even a question. Little did Scales, or the entire country, know that only a few months later, on April 4 of 1968, Dr. King would be assassinated outside of a motel in Tennessee.

After college, Scales was a counselor for many years, and has since published a children’s book titled Walking with the King. Her daughter, Tree, uses her abstract and portrait style artwork to demonstrate social justice, community, and empathy. Tree especially likes the abstract form so that the viewer can use their imagination to interpret the meaning. Tree puts her emotions into her work, and says that the “initial feeling creates the piece.”

Annemarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center has the privilege of hosting Tree and her work in honor of their MLK Days community event. From Jan. 13-15, Tree will be present at Annemarie Gardens and having visitors assist her in a large, multi-media art piece dedicated to Dr. King. Guests of all ages are encouraged to come help paint, draw, and pay tribute to this monumental civil rights leader.

Also featured at this event is the popular Tent of Many Colors, an indoor tent where families and friends can gather and color pictures centering around Dr. King, including portraits and dream catchers to symbolize his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

This weekend proved to be an amazing turnout, with guests eager to get creative and celebrate a truly world-changing man. Today, Jan. 15, is Dr. King’s birthday, and the final day of this event. The activities start at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. MLK Days is free and open to all ages.

Dr. King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” MLK Days at Annemarie Gardens is a fantastic way to celebrate a legacy, to encourage acceptance, and to love your neighbor. Come out and get creative in remembrance of a hero.