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.
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