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Martin Luther King Jr.’s historical place has grown more complicated since his assassination. Abandoned by the left because he embraced integration over separatism and long hated by the right, which now crows about his recently discovered plagiarism, King left an ambivalent legacy for many. The holiday in his name should be a time to reflect more on what that legacy might have been had he lived longer than what it is. Today’s celebration, hosted by the Smithsonian’s Center for African-American History & Culture, includes a solo performance by saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett and a set by the contemporary jazz ensemble HUE. There will also be poetry by E. Ethelbert Miller and clips from the radio documentary King Stories. At 2 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 7th and Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-4500.v