MLK Holiday 2012: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations & Events in Atlanta

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This weekend is a big holiday weekend for Atlanta metro resident as we celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Kids will be out of school so it’s a great chance to teach them about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Check out various events from family friendly crafts to MLK Day parade and celebration around town.

Kids Activities

Volunteer on MLK Day via Allstate’s Give Back Day Program in Atlanta

For the fourth consecutive year, Allstate is paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by encouraging individuals to volunteer in their communities on MLK Day 2012 (Jan. 16) through its Give Back Day program.

Rodney Peete, former NFL quarterback and co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation, will be helping to conduct a volunteer project in Atlanta as part of Allstate’s National “Give Back Day” program. Peete will join Allstate employees and community members as they volunteer together for the day. Alexandria Phillips, Allstate’s 2012 Atlanta Give Back Day hero, will also participate in the community service initiative.

Peete is helping to inspire these individuals by participating in a special painting and beautification project at Humphries Elementary School in Atlanta on MLK Day.

The volunteer project is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

Place: Humphries Elementary School, 3029 Humphries Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

More info: Check out the video for more detail.

Drumvoices Circle at Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta

In recognition of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, audiences will participate in an ancestral ceremony led by, Eugene B. Redmond, in an event entitled DRUMVOICES CIRCLE.  Atlanta poets and authors who have contributed over the years to DRUMVOICES and the “drum circle”, will read their works as they celebrate poet ancestors who have shared in this great literary history.  The visual art piece, Unraveling Miss Kitty’s Cloak, by Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, which honors Catherine “Kitty” Boyd, a woman enslaved by the first president of Emory University’s Board of Trustees, Methodist Bishop James Osgood Andrew, will serve as the centerpiece for the performance.

Place: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Date: January 14, 2012

Time: 6 p.m.

More info: http://afpls.org

MLK Day Celebrations at Imagine It! Children Museum in Atlanta

Help the Museum Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
Monday, January 16, 2012

Bring the whole family to the Museum and join us for a full day of inspiring fun in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Place: Imagine It! Children Museum

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free with general admission, free for members

More info: http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Martin Luther King, Jr. Craft Week at INK in Gainesville

Learn about this important person in our history and make some crafts to celebrate him!

Place: INK, 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville, GA

Date: January 16-20, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: $1.00 with paid admission to museum. INK Members are FREE.

More info: http://www.inkfun.org

I Have a Dream: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Fayetteville

Children ages 3-5 are invited to the Hope Mills Library to hear stories and make a craft while learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream to make the world a better place. Groups of 7 or more must register by calling 425-8455.

Place: Hope Mills Library, Fayetteville , GA

Date: January 13, 2012

Time: 10:30 a.m.

More info: http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com

Parade & Celebration

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March in Atlanta

The annual MLK March will be held January 16, 2011, starting at 2:00 p.m. at Peachtree & Baker Streets. 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. Grand Marshals include, Martin Luther King, III, Elder Bernice King, Georgia’s Congressional Congregation, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta City Council Members, and more! Honorary Marshals include, Rev. Joseph & Mrs. Lowery and Ambassador Andrew Young.

Place: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 2 p.m.

More info: http://www.mlkmarchaaar.org/

Sixth Annual City MLK Day Celebration in Sandy Springs

The City of Sandy Springs will pay tribute to the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a community celebration to be held at 10 a.m. on January 16, 2012. The celebration will be held in the Sandy Springs City Hall Council Chambers located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA 30350. The event will feature music, speakers and the presentation of the 2012 Humanitarian Award.

Place: Sandy Springs City Hall Council Chambers, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 10 a.m.

More info: http://www.sandyspringsga.gov

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Marietta

The public is invited to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Cobb County’s 26th anniversary celebration.

The theme of the event, which is free and open to the public, is “Celebrate the Life, the Dream, the Legacy.” The ceremony will feature the annual presentation of the “Living the Dream” award to a community member who demonstrates the ideals King exemplified.

The parade will start  at Lockheed Credit Union, up Fairground Street, left on Roswell Street to Marietta Square

Place: Jennie T. Anderson Theatre – 548 S. Marietta Parkway

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

More info: http://www.mariettaga.gov

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Marietta

The parade will start  at Lockheed Credit Union, up Fairground Street, left on Roswell Street to Marietta Square

Place: Marietta Square, Marietta, GA

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

More info: http://www.mariettaga.gov

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Fayetteville

Join the city of Fayetteville as they honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade will start at the Court House in historic downtown Fayetteville, run through Hay Street and end at the Train Station. Bring the family!

Place: Downtown Fayetteville, Fayetteville , GA

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m.

More info: http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Lawrenceville

The United Ebony Society is proud to present our Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade with the kick off to be held at the Gazebo at the Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia on Monday, January 16, 2012 @ 10:00a.m. Our theme this year is “Unity in Diversity” which reflects the growth and collaborating of nationalities represented in Gwinnett County.

Place: Historic Gwinnett Courthouse, 185 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 10 a.m.

More info: http://www.unitedebonysociety.org

Spalding County 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Griffin

The Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 at Macedonia Baptist Church. The MLK Day parade will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 16. Registration for the parade will be from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 at the Fairmont Community Center. The Excellence in Achievement Organization is sponsoring all events.

Place: Macedonia Baptist Church, 4144 Georgia Highway 3, Griffin, GA

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 3 p.m.

More info: Call Sheryl Brown at 770-294-4800 or email sherylcid@yahoo.com

DeKalb NAACP’s 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Stone Mountain

DeKalb NAACP’s 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Peace Rally on Monday, Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. Dr.Cheryl Atkinson and Honorable Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson will serve as the Grand Marshals.

The parade will begin in the MARTA parking lot, on Fourth Street, in the downtown City of Stone Mountain.

Peace Rally following the parade
Champion Theme Middle School gymnasium, 5265 Mimosa Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

Place: Downtown Stone Mountain, 922 Main Street , Stone Mountain, GA

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 12:30 p.m.

More info: Contact Sarah Copelin-Wood, 404 371-1490, schoolsandcommunity@yahoo.com

For more listing of MLK Holiday events check out AJC, Atlanta on the Cheap and My Fox Atlanta.

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