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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C. We honor the great civil rights leader with a holiday on Monday, when Americans are encouraged to volunteer and give back to the community. UPI.

Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C. We honor the great civil rights leader with an annual holiday on Monday, Jan. 16, when Americans are encouraged to volunteer and give back to the community. UPI.

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. 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.

“From King to Obama – DuBois and Back Again: Reflections on Race, Nation and African American Internationalism.” An art exhibition by J.R. Phillips focusing on the artistic interactions between the African Diaspora and mainland China in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through March 31. Free. Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-730-4001.

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. 15 with a conversation and performance featuring poet Eugene B. Redmond as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of Drumvoices Review. MLK Day (Jan. 16) is a day of service known as “Emory’s Day On.” On Jan. 17, Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science at Tulane University and MSNBC contributor, will deliver the keynote speech, “King’s Legacy and the New Civil Rights Frontiers” in Cannon Chapel. The popular jazz vesper service featuring Dwight Andrews and the Atlanta Jazz Chorus is 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in Cannon Chapel. Visit the official King Week at Emory website for a full list of the school’s King Week activities.

Nikki Giovanni. The poet will speak at 2 p.m. Jan. 16, followed by a book signing, as part of Kennesaw State University’s annual MLK Day event. Free. Bailey Performance Center, 1000 Chastain Road N.W, Kennesaw. 770-423-6650.

Sandy Springs King Holiday Celebration. Event will feature music, a keynote address by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold D. Melton and presentation of the 2012 Humanitarian Award. 10 a.m. Jan. 16. Free.  City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs.

MLK Day of Service 2012. 9 a.m. Jan. 16. Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston. 404-501-0107.

Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service. Keynote speaker is Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. 10 a.m. Jan. 16. Open to the public (seating is limited). Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-526-8911.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Celebration. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16. Included with Museum admission ($12.75). Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-5437.

King Holiday March and Rally. The march is held on Auburn Avenue from Peachtree Street to Jackson Street. The rally is held on Auburn Avenue in the King National Park Area. The areas of concern are education, technology, medical, investment, transportation, housing environmental justice, job creation, conflict resolution, interfaith, cultural exchange, peace, justice and voter registration. 1:15 p.m. Jan. 16. Sweet Auburn District, Auburn Ave N.E., Atlanta. 404-614-3233.

Cobb County’s 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The holiday event is free and open to the public. The event, titled “The Dream, the Life, the Legacy,” is sponsored by Cobb County NAACP. 10 a.m. Jan. 16. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-425-5757.

King Sunday Worship Service. 11 a.m. Jan. 16. Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta. 404-681-2800.

“Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness.” The Alliance Theatre presents two free readings of an original script by Atlanta author and playwright Pearl Cleage in collaboration with students in its high school Collision Project. Inspired by the Declaration of Independence, “Life, Liberty” uses the voices of teens to question issues of citizenship and diversity. Presented in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League. 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 16. Free. Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4749.

DeKalb NAACP’s 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Peace Rally. Sponsored by the DeKalb NAACP. Parade takes place on Main Street in downtowen Stone Mountain beginning at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Rally follows at Champion Theme Middle School gymnasium, 5265 Mimosa Drive, Stone Mountain. 404-241-8006.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project. An opportunity for ordinary citizens to make a difference in the world, sponsored by Hands On Atlanta, with diverse community service projects throughout Atlanta. Jan. 16. For more information contact Hands On Atlanta at 404-979-2800.

This is just a selective list of MLK-related events. If you know of other events marking the King holiday, please feel free to share them in the comments, or send them to sharrison@ajc.com.

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Mark Jason

January 11th, 2012
2:29 pm

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

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Captain Midnight

January 11th, 2012
3:20 pm

Dr King now has a Monument in Washington and a Federal holiday in his name.
Is any other man honored by this country with both a monument in D.C. and his own Federal holiday? George Washington (the father of our country) used to as did Lincoln (remember the guy who freed millions of slaves and saved the union?) until their holidays were combined to make Presidents day. Washington not worthy of his own holiday? Lincoln not worthy of his own holiday?Hell, Kennedy saved us from nuclear war and what’d he get for his efforts? Blown away. What about Roosevelt?It’s safe to say that King has been more honored than any other American. Arn’t we going overboard a little bit here with all this?

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Jackie D

January 11th, 2012
4:11 pm

Captain Midnight….I see your point. Washington, Lincoln, Kennedy and Roosevelt did all the things you say (and they weren’t beaten by the police, or harassed by the KKK, or jailed, or prohibited from schools, restaurant and voting. etc. etc.) I really see your point. You are brillant in that we going overboard? Don’t you have a rally to attend or something?

WTF!!!

January 11th, 2012
4:16 pm

@Captain Midnight—What’s your address? Just give me your zip code, and I’ll do the rest. How dare you try to imply that Martin Luther does not deserve all the recognition that he deserves. Truth be told, Lincoln did not want to free the slaves. Washington was a racist bigot himself! Martin Luther King Jr. should be honored every day after the abuse my ancestors suffered at the hands and expense of “yo’ people”. Don’t start what you cannot finish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Absolutely Not...

January 11th, 2012
4:27 pm

Captain Midnight…perhaps you should see the light! Dr. King put his family and ultimately his life on the line for equality and justice for ALL people. He accomplished this feat, not as President, but as an ordinary man. I respect the accomplishments of Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt, but I am inclined to believe the fight was more difficult for Dr. King since he did not have the benefits and resources of the Executive Office

foodtester

January 11th, 2012
5:06 pm

Welcome to Georgia where comments have to be censored because they are so racist and vulgar.

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Cosby

January 12th, 2012
12:11 pm

Which university did King graduate from to earn his doctorate?

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ellen micheals

January 12th, 2012
10:19 pm

Can you Southern Racists just stop??? The War is over! You lost! Move on. God Bless the United States of America. the troops and the Commander in Chief President Barack Obama. Looking forward to a wonderful New year. Oh and enjoy MLK Day too:)

Kayla

January 13th, 2012
4:03 pm

Check out this awesome song to celebrate the life of MLK and Elvis!
http://youtu.be/cqb9WfXlBs4

Justin

January 13th, 2012
8:06 pm

@ Cosby

Dr. King received his Doctorate Degree from Boston University where he received his Doctor of Philosphy in June 1955.

Justin

January 13th, 2012
8:08 pm

@ Captain Midnight

January 11th, 2012
3:20 pm
Dr King now has a Monument in Washington and a Federal holiday in his name.
Is any other man honored by this country with both a monument in D.C. and his own Federal holiday? George Washington (the father of our country) used to as did Lincoln (remember the guy who freed millions of slaves and saved the union?) until their holidays were combined to make Presidents day. Washington not worthy of his own holiday? Lincoln not worthy of his own holiday?Hell, Kennedy saved us from nuclear war and what’d he get for his efforts? Blown away. What about Roosevelt?It’s safe to say that King has been more honored than any other American. Arn’t we going overboard a little bit here with all this?

I’m glad there are still people who think like you, because it lets the rest of know that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

John

January 14th, 2012
12:58 pm

Such a good role model! Did you know he cheated on his wife several times? Can’t believe they gave this clown a monument. I guess if they didn’t it would be racist right? Too bad there are so many t hugs out there who still like to steal, rob, rape, and kill.

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all racists are not Southern and neither are most Georgians

January 14th, 2012
11:17 pm

How do you know Captain Midnight is Southern? Most people in Georgia are not even from Georgia. Racism exists everywhere. It is sad, but true. Don’t judge and stereotype or you are just as bad.

Lamal Jenkums

January 15th, 2012
12:15 am

Should have shot 4 more and took a week off.

JP

January 15th, 2012
1:07 am

Another week, another story about MLK. Does a week EVER go by without another story in the AJC? Yawn…move on, please!

riley shelton

January 15th, 2012
2:27 am

Where is the hosea feed the homeless serving for the mlk holiday

John C. Hall, Jr.

January 15th, 2012
10:17 am

We had our MLK parade in Dublin, Georgia yesterday. It was a large crowd. Many black and white. We all get along down here in middle Georgia. This is unlike my home town of Atlanta. There is an angry black mentality that exists in Atlanta. Just one of the reasons I left to come to middle Georgia. Best float in the parade……from the outhouse to the white house…….with a fellow sitting in the outhouse next to a picture of the white house….. sponsored by one of the black churches down here…..

John

January 15th, 2012
10:56 am

Hey John Hall, do you know why there is an angry black mentality? CAUSE ALL THEY DO IS CAUSE PROBLEMS! Any time there is a robbery, murder, drug deal gone bad, they are black 99% of the time. It has nothing to do with the color of their skin, it has to do with how they act. Ask a Tech student how much they like going to Tech constantly having to worry.

John

January 15th, 2012
11:01 am

Prime example!

DULUTH —
A man claims he was shot over a football game Saturday night as he left an Applebee’s restaurant in Gwinnett County.

Corey Adams, 30, said he was at the restaurant on Pleasant Hill Rd in Duluth celebrating with a friend before the shooting happened.

Yo Mama

January 15th, 2012
11:38 am

I can’t believe that a visit to the Red Lobster was not on the list of MLK activities?!?!?!?!?

Reality Check

January 15th, 2012
11:51 am

Dr. King had a weak spot for white prostitutes.

king daddy

January 15th, 2012
12:26 pm

MLK JR & JFK, I wonder how much more they both could have accomplished, If not wasting their time running with other women, that were not their wives!!!!!!!

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tk

January 15th, 2012
4:33 pm

Come Lord Jesus!

C - E- L - E - B - R -A - T - E

January 15th, 2012
9:55 pm

@Captain Midnight January 11th, 2012 3:20 pm – Arn’t we going overboard a little bit here with all this?
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If you don’t want to participate, DON’T.

But you can’t TELL US HOW TO CELEBRATE OUR KING.

WE have celebrated others and we choose to celebrate Dr. King the way we do it.

C - E- L - E - B - R -A - T - E

January 15th, 2012
9:56 pm

@king daddy January 15th, 2012 12:26 pm – MLK JR & JFK, I wonder how much more they both could have accomplished, If not wasting their time running with other women, that were not their wives!!!!!!!
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C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T E

January 15th, 2012
9:58 pm

@king daddy January 15th, 2012 12:26 pm – MLK JR & JFK, I wonder how much more they both could have accomplished, If not wasting their time running with other women, that were not their wives!!!!!!!

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That ship has sailed.

C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T E

January 15th, 2012
10:02 pm

@John January 15th, 2012 10:56 am – Hey John Hall, do you know why there is an angry black mentality? CAUSE ALL THEY DO IS CAUSE PROBLEMS!
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WHY ARE WHITE MEN SO ANGRY?

WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?

C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T E

January 15th, 2012
10:07 pm

@Lamal Jenkums January 15th, 2012 12:15 am – Should have shot 4 more and took a week off.
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You are the reason why we celebrate Dr. King,

He taught us to be forgiving and peaceful to our enemy.

God is watching you and taking notes. :)

foodtester

January 15th, 2012
10:12 pm

AJC only allows comments on articles that will bring embarrassment to Georgia by the ignorance of some of the posters. Celebrating is an option if you don’t like the holiday, but the legacy of Dr. King cannot be desecrated by the hate of those who refuse to rise from the dirt. Remember, you don’t have to love a person but disrespect will not be tolerated.

truthbetold

January 15th, 2012
10:26 pm

There is STILL work to be done on both sides,Black and white! Not all,but some on both sides will keep things stirred up till the day they die. I just try to avoid these people on both sides. You know who you are. And, some even represent this State in Washington. Can you hear me now, John Lewis? Too many to list on the other side.

SorryGeorgia

January 16th, 2012
12:03 am

This is absolutely deplorable. Makes me sad to live in Georgia. No wonder international companies don’t want to locate here. Thank God not all southerners are like Captain Loser. We celebrate the life of a great man tomorrow. Amen.

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Randall Simmons

January 16th, 2012
8:21 am

I think Obama needs a national holiday, he greatest president ever.

Vote For Obama Because He's Black

January 16th, 2012
9:32 am

Very true about the anger menality here in Atlanta.The truth hurts,always has,always will.My sister lives in A small town in North Carolina,vererybody get’s along,white and black live side by side in harmony.In fact,the blacks imitate the whites in how they maintain their homes,property,grooming…etc.The only segregated neighborhoods are in the “old part of town” where blacks refuse to get off welfare,won’t work,worship rap music and drug culture.
In Atlanta,they like to segregate in Lithonia,SW,Clayton. I wonder why ?
And yes,major corporations,retailers,shy from these areas too. I wonder why ?

Charles

January 16th, 2012
10:56 am

To what depths will some of you go? Those of you who continue to inject hatred into your comments at every opportunity have only to look in the mirror. You are the problem. You can mention every incident that happens in downtrodden Black communities and among the least of us, but pretend as if you didn’t see anything that happend in the trailor park where you live. Maybe you think child molesting, raping your sisters, robbing banks, and running up the welfare tab isn’t all that bad. Or maybe you think there are no educated Blacks who read and watch the news. I don’t really expect much more from you though. We’ll continue to make strides despite your disdain for us. I guess I would be mad too if I were you.

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Ray

January 16th, 2012
7:03 pm

Why honor a man who had no integrity, no credibility, and was subversive? You people are so naive! In this day of the Internet do the research and decide for yourself. His theology was wrong–even other black ministers refute him. He was an adulterer right up to the night before his death. Being an adulterer should have stripped him of his “Rev.” title. He plagiarized his doctoral thesis. He had a socialist agenda–he had members of the communist party working for him. Yet all that is brushed aside because he “led the civil rights movement” and made great gains for Black Americans. So sad to hang your hat on such a person.