The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Atlanta’s own Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is near but instead of mourning, the city of Atlanta is putting on weeks of celebrations of the civil rights icon’s life as a man, symbol of peace and religious figure.
Starting at the beginning of April all the way through to mid-May, there are events, both free and at cost, that will educate, enlighten and entertain the King expert and novice alike.
There are breakfast and luncheon options, films to watch and church services to attend. This coming month has several options for visitors to the city and residents to pay their respects to the man whose impact as a preacher of nonviolent expression has been on full display for over a half century.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message remains and here is a list of the events you can attend around town this week to learn even more about his work and the impact that remains from it.
Tuesday, April 3
We As A People: Honoring Service in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where: Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen, Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, Ga. 30313
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4
Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize Ceremony and Luncheon
Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, 450 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30312
Time: 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
U.S. National Parks Service Commemoration Ceremony
Where: Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30312
Time: 4:45 p.m.
I Am A MAN film screening
Where: IBEW Auditorium, 501 Pulliam Street, SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30312
What Time: 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 5
The King Center Presents A Special Beloved Community Talks Symposium
Where: The King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30312
Time: 5:30 p.m. (and again on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m.)
Saturday, April 7
King Centennials Speak
Where: The Georgia Freight Depot, 55 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Time: 11 a.m.
Morris Brown College – A Celebration Mass: Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where: Big Bethel AME Church, 220 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Time: 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 14
NAACP Dekalb County Branch 2018 Annual Unity Breakfast
Where: Greenforest Community Baptist Church Early Learning Center, 3188 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, Ga. 30034
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: Tickets range from $25-750