Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 will be marked with a series of events around Intown, including church services, film screenings, parades, awards dinner and more. Here are some of the activities:
Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Downtown museum will host the program “Martin and Malcom’s Dreams for Today” on Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Scholars who will connect the past to the present and broaden awareness about the power of individuals to make positive change. Following this conversation, there will be time for discussion. On Jan. 18, the Center will host a screenings of the documentary “A Force More Powerful,” which examines how nonviolent power has overcome oppression and authoritarian rule all over the world. This screening will connect to various activities throughout The Center commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For details and information, visit civilandhumanrights.org.
Young artists from the theatre’s Palefsky Collision Project team up with playwright Pearl Cleage and director Patrick McColery for a re-imagining of the play “Troubling Our House” through the lens of King’s message of hope and peace amid civil unrest. Performances will be held Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m. and Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. (at the Center for Civil and Human Rights) and 2:30 p.m. There will also be an ArtsVibe Teen MLK Day Poetry Slam on Jan. 18 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Visit alliancetheatre.org for details.
MLK Day 5K Drum Run
This 5K walk/run will take place entirely in Piedmont Park on Jan. 16, starting at 8 a.m. The Peachtree Road Race qualifier will be run on grass, road, gravel, wooden bridge and dirt paths through the park. There will be a 3.1 mile drumline along the race course to encourage participants. To register, visit active.com.
Salute To Greatness Awards Gala
The King Center will recognize Howard Buffet for his extraordinary work to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations, by presenting him with the Salute to Greatness Award. The award will be given during the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards gala on Jan. 16 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown. For tickets and details, visit thekingcenter.org or call (404) 526-8911.
The King Center & Annual March and Rally
On Jan. 18, the annual King Holiday March and Rally will be held at 1:45 p.m. starting at Peachtree and Baker streets. This year’s observance at The King Center on Auburn Avenue in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District includes programs for youth, lectures, music and more. Visit http://mlkmarchcommittee.com/march-schedule.html and thekingcenter.org for more information.
MLK Annual Commemorative Service
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service will be held on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue. The service is an ecumenical endeavor, engaging members of various religious traditions, and state national and international governments. Visit historicebenezer.org for more.
Hands on Atlanta Days of Service
For this year’s MLK Day observance the service organization is focusing on literacy, poverty and ending the “cradle to prison pipeline.” Hands on Atlanta is encouraging volunteers to read to students in Atlanta Public Schools during Reading Days from Jan. 11-29. On Jan. 17, a Sunday Supper will be held featuring guest speakers and roundtable discussions on issues of literacy, poverty and incarceration. For more details, visit handsonatlanta.org.
MLK Day Parade and Rally
Plans for the annual parade and rally in DeKalb County on Jan. 18 were still being made at press time. Be sure to visit dekalbganaacp.org for updates.
MLK Day Lunch
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chef Deborah VanTrece will join Chef Robert Phalen at One Eared Stag to serve a menu of authentic food from the 1950s and 1960s when the restaurant’s space at 1029 Edgewood Ave. was occupied by Burton’s Grill – a favorite gathering spot for Civil Rights leaders of the era. Chefs VanTrece and Phalen will not only prepare a menu true to the time period, but with prices authentic to 60’s as well. While most meals may only cost $1.50 or so, each diner will be asked to contribute $35 to the King Center on their final bill, or more if they choose. For more information, visit oneearedstagatl.com.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards
Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta Business School will present the annual awards on Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m. at the Rollins building, 1518 Clifton Road. This year’s honorees include: Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Books for Keeps, Covenant House Georgia, Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, Street Smart Youth Project and more. For more information, visit cfusion.sph.emory.edu.