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Every year, the Kennedy Center does away with its regularly scheduled programming to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. with a tribute concert entitled “Let Freedom Ring.” This year’s no different, so take advantage of your federal holiday and head to the Concert Hall, where Grammy winner Natalie Cole performs with the Let Freedom Ring Choir under the direction of acclaimed gospel composer and musicologist Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University, a co-sponsor of the event, also presents its John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award during the concert, given annually to a member of the community whose work represents the Jesuit mission of being “women and men for others.” This year’s recipient is Bread for the City CEO George Jones, who has worked for over two decades to combat poverty in the District. On what’s become a national day of service, celebrate those who make D.C. an even better place to live. Natalie Cole performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.