2016 King Center’s King Holiday Observance (KHO) Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Legacy of Freedom for Our World SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1/8/2016

Saturday, January 9

Beloved Community Talks 
Part I “The Race Factor” 
Part II “Rights vs Responsibilities” 
The King Center, The Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts 
Time:  10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.    
Registration Fee: $20.00      
This two-part forum will utilize Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology,  Nonviolence365™, as a springboard for discussion of the topics, ‘The Race Factor’ and ‘Rights vs. Responsibilities.’ The Race Factor will engage participants in dialogue about the role that race plays in negative social constructs and how we can prevent racial biases from deterring progress. Rights vs. Responsibilities will explore the value of honoring our responsibilities to others and to the global community in tandem with respecting individual and collective rights.  
For more information contact: Vonnetta West at (404) 526.8972 or vwest@thekingcenter.org
 
Sunday, January 10

Discussion and Book Signing 
The King Center, The Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       
FREE and Open to the Public 
Special Guest: Kit Cummings  -  Mr. Kit Cummings will participate in a moderated discussion about his book.  He will also share in a book-signing with King Family members.  Confirmed  family members include Dr. Bernice A. King, Dr. Christine King Farris, Dr. Alveda King ,  Mrs. Naomi King, and Dr. Angela Farris Watkins. Moderated by Dr. Hilda R. Tompkins.
 
Wednesday, January 13
Thursday,Januray 14
Friday, January 15
 
Students with King       

The King Center,  The Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts
Times: 10:00 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. (Session I) 

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 PM  (Session II) 
Year-round, The King Center’s C.E.O., Dr. Bernice A. King extends an invitation to public,  private, and charter schools to visit The King Center and engage in dialog with her, and extended King family members and people who knew and worked with Martin Luther  King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Panelists will share intimate and personal stories about the lives of Dr. and Mrs. King and their journey to Nonviolence365™. 
For more information contact: Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or Demetrius Myatt at  (404) 526-8966 or programs@thekingcenter.org
 
 

Thursday, January 14

Building the Beloved Community with Environmental Justice 
The King Center,  The Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts  
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Free and Open to the Public 
This forum will engage participants and panelists in a discussion about the importance of Environmental Justice in building the Beloved Community. 
For more information contact: Vonnetta West at (404) 526.8972 or vwest@thekingcenter.org
 

Friday, January 15

State of Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council Program 
Georgia State Capitol 
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Keynote Speaker: Mrs. Xernona Clayton 
Free and Open to the Public 
Georgia’s Governor will host a tribute to Dr. King, with participation from King Center officials. It will take place at the State Capitol, North Wing, Atlanta.   
For more information contact: Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org 

 
Gospel Concert  
The King Center, The Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the public 
For more information contact: Rebecca Karcher at rebecca_karcher@nps.gov

 
Friday, January 15
Saturday, Januray 16

Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King 
Ferst Center for the Arts 
Time:  8:00 pm 
History, poetry, and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King from the harsh glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. In this riveting performance, Smith captures the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman, and reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present. Smith’s credits include the films Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Summer of Sam, American Gangster, and the HBO series K Street and Oz. 
For tickets or more information:  arts.gatech.edu/ferstcenter or 404-894-9600
 
Saturday, January 16
 

Millennials with King Service Project  
John Hope Hill Elementary School 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon 
In collaboration with Points of Light, The King Center invites young adults and others 
to participate in this service initiative that will connect Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy  
with an opportunity to provide 3 hours of service to a metro-Atlanta community. 
For more information contact: Vonnetta West at (404) 526-8972 or vwest@thekingcenter.org
 

The Annual “Salute to Greatness” Awards Gala 
Hyatt Regency Hotel – 265 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30303 
Reception:  6:00 p.m.  Dinner and Program:  7:00 p.m.     
Ticketed Event  
The Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Gala 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:   Howard G. Buffett 
STG Award Corporate Honoree:  TIAA-CREF 
The awards recognize 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 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 Mrs. 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.
A.N.G.E.L. Award YOUTH Honoree:  Maya Penn 
A.N.G.E.L. Award Youth Organization Honoree:  Sojourn to the Past 
 
The “Christine King Farris Legacy of Service Award” recognizes individuals who have a lifelong history of service and exemplifies the values based on the leadership philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his methods of nonviolence.
The Christine King Farris Legacy of Service Award Honoree: Edith Savage Jennings 
Special Award Honoree: My Brother’s Keeper Task Force
 
Emcees: Kevin Frazier, Entertainment Tonight & Kyra Phillips, CNN 

For more information contact: Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org
 
 
Monday, Janurary 18

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service 
Ebenezer Baptist Church – Horizon Sanctuary   
Time: 10:00 a.m.       
Free and Open to the Public (Limited Seating) 
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service is the spiritual hallmark of the King Holiday Observance. The service is an ecumenical endeavor which is held on the Federal Holiday at Ebenezer Baptist Church located near The King Center.  
Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Barber, II 
Special Guest: Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Havana Cuba.
Performances by: Anthony Brown, Gospel Recording Artist
Heavenly Joy-Jerkins, America’s Got Talent Contestant
For more information contact:  Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8911 or programs@thekingcenter.org 

 

King Week Holiday March & Rally   
Time:  2:00 PM       
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.  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. 
For more information contact:  Cleo Orange at (404) 614-3233 or cleoorange@bellsouth.net