Many of the King Day events are centered in the King Historic District in the Auburn Avenue area, including Monday morning’s annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church and the march and rally on Auburn Avenue Monday afternoon. The yearly “Salute to Greatness” is a highlight, too, but this King Center fundraiser starts at $200 a ticket. The majority of the events are free, and they’re a happening all over the metro Atlanta area. Below is just a sampling of the events surrounding the King holiday. Check the King Center’s website and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site’s online home for more. For volunteer opportunities, head over to Hands On Atlanta’s MLK Day page.
Civil Rights Film Festival. Noon-5 p.m. Jan. 15. Free. King Center- Freedom Hall Auditorium, 449 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-526-8900.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King. Children ages 2-10 celebrate King’s birthday. 9 a.m. Jan. 15. Free. King Center- Freedom Hall Auditorium, 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-526-8900.
Candlelight Vigil In Honor Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 6 p.m. Jan. 15. Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta. 404-681-2800.
“Prophets.” In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Sandy Springs Christian Church presents Brad Sherrill one-man show, which brings the words of Isaiah and Jeremiah to life. 7 p.m. Jan. 15. Free, but donations accepted to support youth mission trip. Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Road N.W., Sandy Springs. 404-256-2582.
“Salute to Greatness” Awards Dinner. The King Center’s primary fundraising initiative and one of the Center’s highest honors. The awards recognize national and/or international individuals and corporations that exemplify excellence in their leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of King. This year’s honorees are the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and Ben & Jerry’s. 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Individual tickets $200; tables $2500 and $5000. Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-526-8911
King Sunday Worship Service. 11 a.m. Jan. 16. Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta. 404-681-2800.
Justice Sunday. 11 a.m. Jan. 16. Free. Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-688-7300.
King Remembrance Day Of Service. 8 a.m. Jan. 17. Morehouse College, 830 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta. 404-681-2800.
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade. Followed by a program at the performing arts center. 9 a.m. Jan. 17. Free. Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., McDonough. 770-914-7477.
Lutheran Day of Service 2011. This is a free activity sponsored by Lutherans who wish to serve. You are not required to bring anything other that your willingness to serve. Individual projects are scheduled for an estimated 3-4 hours. 9 a.m. Jan. 17. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. 404-286-7356.
The 11th annual Gwinnett County Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. The theme of this year’s parade is “Your Character Builds Your Future.” Sponsored by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County. 9:30 a.m. Jan. 17. Lawrenceville Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville.
Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service. Tributes to the life and legacy of King from national and international leaders. A 12’ x 19’ JumboTron will broadcast the service live. It will be positioned in front of the Martin Luther King Historic Site Rose Garden for visitors in the Historic District. Keynote speaker is Martin Luther King, III. Other confirmed participants include U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and singers Rev. Wintley Phipps and LeAndria Johnson. Open to the public (seating is limited). Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-526-8911.
Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration in the City of Buford: “The Heart of a Servant.” 10 a.m. Jan. 17. Poplar Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 234 W. Shadburn Ave., Buford. 770-945-6131.
Cobb County’s 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The holiday event is free and open to the public and includes the annual presentation of the “Living the Dream” award to a community member who exemplifies the ideals King stood for. The event, titled “Keeping the Dream Alive: Continuing the Journey,” is sponsored by Cobb County NAACP and Cobb County Government. 10 a.m. Jan. 17. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-425-5757.
MLK Day Celebration For Children. 11 a.m. Jan. 17. Included with museum admission. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404-659-5437.
“Keeping the Dream Alive: Continuing the Journey – The Next Movement.” A march and rally on Auburn Avenue between Peachtree and Jackson streets. The rally is on Auburn Avenue near the King National Historical Site. Check the event’s website for more details and other related activities. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17. 404-614-3233, 770-560-1433.
Emory Celebrates King Week. Emory University’s annual celebration of the life, work and interests of Martin Luther King Jr. features a range of service, education, entertainment and memorial activities. All events are free and open to the public. It kicks off on Jan. 17 with a day of service known as “Emory’s Day On,” followed by a panel discussion at 7 p.m. in Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Road on “Open Doors and Open Minds: The intersection of race and gender in service.” The popular jazz vesper service featuring Dwight Andrews and the Atlanta Jazz Chorus is 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Cannon Chapel. Andrew Young, former Atlanta mayor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will give the keynote address at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 in Cannon Chapel. Ecumenical service celebrating the life of Martin Luther King at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, in the Old Church, Oxford College, in Oxford, Ga. Keynote address will be given by the Rev. Bridgette Young. Visit the official King Week at Emory website for a full list of the school’s King Week activities.