Schedule of Events - 2013 MLK Birthday Observance



The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Friday, January 11, 2013 – Monday, January 21, 2013 

Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Dream for our World 


Friday, January 11, 2013, 5:30 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m. 

King Holiday Observance Kick-Off Reception

The King Center Freedom Hall – Atlanta, GA    FREE Open to the Public 

The Kick-off Reception is an invitation to the general public to join us in honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   It will be a gathering of dignitaries, local consulates, elected officials, college & university presidents, executives, pastors, leaders, the entertainment community and the community-at-large to participate in a celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. King. 

The Kick-off Reception will serve as the opening event of our annual King Holiday Observance.  It will also mark the official, national launch of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech and the March on Washington.   

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12:00 Noon    4:00 p.m. 

King Youth Expo & Showcase

King Historic District, Center – MLK, Jr. Gymnasium - Atlanta, GA    FREE Open to the Public

Fun, Snacks, Prizes and Entertainment 

The Youth Expo & Showcase will provide a stage to feature middle school, high school and college students from Metro-Atlanta that are serving as leaders and change agents in their respective schools, homes,  communities and places of worship in the spirit of Dr. King’s philosophy which helps to promote the “Beloved Community” that he envisioned.  An event “for” “by” and “about” YOUTH!

Students 13 – 25 will showcase their creativity, innovation and initiatives.  It will be a platform for presentations and performances including song, dance, music, drama, poetry, the spoken word and mini performances.  There will be activity stations and exhibits featuring youth-focused initiatives, achievements, organizations and entities.  

It will also be an opportunity to connect students to organizations, resources and ideas related to service, civic engagement and  career opportunities including volunteer and intern opportunities.

We will recognize youth who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in six (6) categories.

Ø  Academic Achievement

Ø  Leadership

Ø  Civic and Community Engagement

Ø  Entrepreneurship

Ø  Performing Arts

Ø  S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

For more information contact:  Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org 

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12:00 Noon    4:00 p.m.

King Health FEST

The King Center Atrium - Atlanta, GA    FREE Open to the Public 

Health Fest will offer screenings, activities and up-to-date health information on dozens of topics to empower the entire family – youth, adults, men and women to make informed & healthy choices. The fair will feature workshops, demonstrations, and great exhibits.  You can meet health practitioners, ask questions and pick up free literature. Free Screenings and tests valued at approximately $3,000 per person.  The Fest will be filled with activities and health information promoting health and wellness.   We will help jumpstart your year by providing tips on fitness, nutrition and healthy living.   Bring your friends, family and colleagues!!!      

For more information contact:  Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org



Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership (MAVPP)

The King Center, Freedom Hall   FREE Open to the Public

In an effort to educate students about the dangers and effects of bullying, the Radio One -Hot 107.9 Family in conjunction with Fulton County’s Office of Children & Youth, Atlanta Public Schools, and community leaders will host an ANTI-Bullying Rally. This event will highlight the recent trend of bullying as well as promote what each school is doing and/or can do, to curb acts of violence.  This is an “open forum” event, in which panelists will share their individual stories and/or expertise on bullying. Students will also be encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences about bullying in this safe and supportive environment.

 The ANTI-Bullying RALLY will build awareness of the impact that violence has on schools and in the community, while encouraging young people to be bully free. 

Contact:   Reginald Crossley at (404) 612-7386 or James P. Griffin, Jr., Ph.D. (404) 756-1397. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kingian Nonviolence Collegiate Leadership Orientation

Limited SpaceFREEPre- Registration Required

 This leadership orientation is offered to college students from the Atlanta metropolitan area colleges and universities.  Senior trainers will provide an overview of the ideology of Dr. King.  Included in the orientation is the design to heighten the awareness of the “Kingian” approach to nonviolent social change including historical background, and the Six Steps and Six Principles (social dynamics of nonviolence and King's legacy today).

 Kingian Nonviolence is a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary for people to pursue peaceful strategies for solving personal and community problems. This approach is critical if the epidemic of violence is to be eradicated at the community, national, and global levels.

 For more information contact: Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org


Thursday, January 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m.   FREE Open to the Public

State of Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council Program  

Georgia’s Governor will host a tribute to Dr. King, with participation of King Center officials.  It will take place at the State Capitol, North Wing, Atlanta.  Free and Open to the Public. For more information contact: The Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr., Advisory Council at 404-463-1343









Friday, January 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Naturalization Ceremony – U.S. Immigration Services

The King Center, Freedom Hall Auditorium 

U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will join the King Center to welcome applicants for U. S. Citizenship as they share in the legacy of the American Dream by becoming America’s newest citizens.  

A United States naturalization ceremony, also commonly referred to as a citizenship ceremony, represents the final step in the process of becoming a naturalized, United States citizen.

  For more information contact:  Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org


Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Annual “Salute to Greatness” Awards Dinner

Hyatt Regency – Downtown Atlanta  (Ticketed Event)

5:30 p.m. Reception – 6:30 p.m. Dinner 

Corporate Table  $5,000.00

Patron  Table       $3,500.00

Ticket                    $    250.00

The Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner is the King Center’s primary fundraising initiative.  One of the Center’s highest honors, the Salute to Greatness Award is presented at the Dinner to 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 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 STG Award Individual Honoree:   Prof. Muhammad Yunus

STG Award Corporate Honoree:  Aflac

 The award recognizes national and/or international individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to the principles and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Salute to Greatness Award was established and awarded for the first time in 1983 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

 The King Center’s inaugural Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership) Award will be given during the Dinner.  The award is given in honor of and in keeping with the spirit of Coretta Scott King.  It recognizes a youth or young adult (ages 12-25) and a youth organization/initiative that exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change.


ANGEL AWARD YOUTH INITIATIVE: “The 100 Days of Nonviolence” The Birmingham Campaign

                                                                        (accepted by: Councilman James (Jay) E. Roberson, Jr. Birmingham, AL District 7) 

For more information Contact: Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or  programs@thekingcenter.org


Sunday, January 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The King  Center Book Signing

The King Center, Freedom Hall Auditorium - FREE & Open to the Public

The book signing will feature Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO, The King Center and youngest daughter of Dr. King who will autograph “Desert Rose: The life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King,” written by Edythe Scott Bagley, Mrs. King’s sister.  Dr. Christine King Farris the oldest remaining sibling of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will also autograph their published books.  All of the books will be available for purchase.

 “Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King” details Mrs. King's upbringing in a family of proud, land-owning African Americans with a profound devotion to the ideals of social equality and the values of education, as well as her later role as her husband's most trusted confidant and advisor.    Coretta Scott King was a noted author, human rights activist, and wife and partner of famed Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr.

 “Through It All,” shares how Dr. Farris witnessed with a front-row seat her younger brother’s rise to international acclaim as one of the most revered leaders in history, one which her baby brother worked tirelessly to change.

 “Martin Luther King Jr.: A King Family Tribute” is where Martin Luther King Jr.’s family comes together for the first time to share their reflections and memories of the great civil rights leader. Included are contributions from his sister (the only surviving member of his immediate family), his children, his in-laws, his nieces and nephews, and even his grandchildren, who, although they never met him, explain what his legacy means to them.  Editor Angela Farris Watkins, Ph.D., has brought his family together to celebrate his life and deeds in an intimate, personal way.

 Archival material from King’s late parents and brother round out this warm, loving, and delightfully small-scale portrait of a man whose passion for justice and commitment to nonviolence changed the nation. Share this amazing family’s stories with your own family.

Dr. Watkins other book “My Uncle Martin’s Words for America” focuses on important words and phrases from Dr. King’s speeches, such as justice, freedom, and equality.  She uses King’s language to expose young readers to important events during the civil rights era.               

For more information Contact: Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or  programs@thekingcenter.org


Monday, January 21, 2013,  Time: 8:00 AM

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service

Ebenezer Baptist Church – Horizon Sanctuary, 407 Auburn Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, GA 

Free Open to the Public (Limited Seating)

 The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service is the spiritual hallmark of the King Holiday Observance Week. The church service is held on the Federal Holiday at Ebenezer Baptist Church located near The King Center.

 The keynote speaker will be Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Hispanic Evangelical Association). The service is an ecumenical endeavor, engaging members of various religious traditions, and state national and international governments. On this day, The King Center encourages the world to engage in volunteer service in tribute to the work and life of Dr. King.                                    

 Contact:  Barbara Harrison at (404) 526- 8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org



Monday, January 21, 2013    Time:  2:00 PM

King Week Holiday March & Rally 

FREE Open to the Public

 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.

To participate in the March call or email 404.614.3233 or cleoorange@bellsouth.net

      Monday, January 21, 2013

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project

      FREE Open to the Public

      The MLK, Jr. Day of Service, sponsored by Hands On Atlanta, is an opportunity for    

      ordinary citizens can make a difference in the world.  It is scheduled to take place on 

      Monday, January 16th with diverse community service projects throughout Atlanta in

      honor of Dr. King.   For more information contact:  Hands On Atlanta at (404) 979- 2800 or      


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