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Riderwood Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

April 8, 2018

Hundreds of Residents and Staff Gathered together on the 50th Anniversary of his Assassination

Silver Spring, MD – Hundreds of residents and staff gathered today at Riderwood to remember the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination at an event titled "50 Years of Dreams."

"We wanted to gather on the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination to remember his legacy and talk about meeting the goals of equity in the next 50 years," said Gary Hibbs, executive director, Riderwood.  "Our goal is to create community here at Riderwood, and in our small corner of the world, we look to Dr. King as a giant to inspire us to further the dream to reality that everyone belongs.  We gathered together a wonderful group to talk about the past, the present and the future all while remembering and honoring Dr. King."    

The 50 years of Dreams event took place in the Chapel at Riderwood and included:

Prelude:                                   Organist Eleanor Timberlake

Welcome:                                Rev. James T. Bell

Introduction of MC:                 Gary Hibbs

Mistress of Ceremony:            Rev. Zina Jacque

The Occasion:                         Rev. Zina Jacque

Musical Selection:                   Sheryl Nelson

Fifty Years Retrospectively:    Dr. J. Philip Wogaman

MLK Quotes:                           AAHC Members

Fifty Years Resolutely:            Alban George

MLK Quotes:                           AAHC Members

Musical Duet:                          Gary & Sheryl

Consummation:                       Gary Hibbs

Recessional:                            Organist

Dedicatory:                              Rev. Zina Jacque        

About Riderwood: Riderwood, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 120-acre campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. The community is located in Montgomery County and is home to more than 2,500 residents. Additional information about Riderwood can be found at