9 Ways To Celebrate MLK’s Legacy In Atlanta

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/File)
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is Jan. 15, but the holiday in his honor is traditionally celebrated during the third Monday of January. (AP Photo/File)

This year will be the 90th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Commemorate the life and legacy of the iconic civil rights leader and minister who was born on Jan. 15, 1929 by attending events celebrating him in Atlanta, his birth city.

Check out our list of celebratory events happening in the city in January, ranging from marches to balls.

Morehouse College Commemoration

When: Throughout the month

Where: Around Atlanta

What: Morehouse College is offering various ways to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Starting on Saturday, Jan. 19, the exhibition “The Meaning of Hope: The Best Of The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection” will open up to the public at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The commemoration schedule also includes a screening of the films “King in the Wilderness” and “Rosenwald.”

MLK March Committee Activities

When: Throughout the month

Where: Around Atlanta

What: The festivities will begin at Zion Grove on Jan. 13 at 10:45 a.m. The Annual Dr. King Holiday Human Rights Prayer Breakfast will be happening on Jan. 18, at 9 a.m. The Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally will then begin at Peachtree Street and Baker Street on Jan. 21 at 1:45 p.m.

The Meaning Of Hope: The Very Best Of The King Collection

When: Jan. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Center For Civil And Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta

What: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal belongings and papers will be on display during this exhibition at the Center For Civil And Human Rights. Morehouse College President Dr. David Thomas will be speaking at this free event.

MLK Ball

When: Jan. 20, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria, 200 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta

What: Dance the night away at the MLK Ball that will be honoring civil rights leader Dr. C.T. Vivian Judge Joyette Holmes, Dr. H. Benjamin Williams, Robert G. Haley, Pastor Benjamin Lockhart and  Deane Bonner. Tickets ranging from $50 to $500 include food and networking opportunities.

MLK Jr. Day of Service

When: Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody

What: Give back to the community by helping to clean up the Dunwoody Nature Center. It’s free to register.

Programs at the Atlanta History Center

When: Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta

What: From a screening of the film “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask” to a Freedom Ride Simulation, there will be many ways to celebrate MLK’s legacy at the Atlanta History Center. “I Have a Dream” will also be viewed in the Kennedy Theatre at the Museum. There will be free admission to the center throughout the day.

MLK Day 5K Drum Run

When: Jan. 21, 8 a.m.

Where: Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta

What: Celebrate MLK Day by going on a run through Piedmont Park. The race course will be a 5K and a drum line will be performing throughout the trail.

MLK Day For Kids

When: Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta

What: Throughout the day, there will a readers theater, science show, storytime, art studio and more for the kids.

Dear Dr. King

When: Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Center For Civil And Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta

What: Experience a live reading that will be commemorating the life and legacy of King for free with admission to the Center For Civil And Human Rights.

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