2013 Commemorative Service details:
Monday, January 21, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
Ebenezer Baptist Church – Horizon Sanctuary
407 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA
The 2013 Keynote speaker at the service is Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who has been called the “leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement.”
Each year, a Commemorative Service is the spiritual hallmark of the King Holiday Observance, and features tributes to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from national and international leaders. This event is free and open to the public with limited seating. Directly following the service, the Presidential Inauguration will be televised on a large screen in the sanctuary.
King Center Events
The King Center will hold ten days of events surrounding the 2013 holiday. In addition to the annual Commemorative Service, highlights include:
- A march and rally in the King Historic District
- A kick-off reception featuring dignitaries, local consulates, elected officials, college and university presidents, executives, pastors, leaders, the entertainment community
- A youth expo
- A book signing featuring 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”
Visit The King Center website for a full schedule of events.
Dear Dr. King
The Alliance Theatre, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), will host a free reading of Dear Dr. King, an original script written by Pearl Cleage in collaboration with high school Collision Project students. Created out of the Alliance Theatre Collision Project and inspired by the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, this provocative piece uses the unique voice of teenagers to explore issues of legacy and the power that each individual life can play in effecting social change. The performances are part of the ADL’s annual No Place For Hate Summit.
The performance takes place on Monday, January 21st at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at The Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center RSVP by calling 404-733-4749 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, Emory hosts a series of events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2013, highlights include:
- A viewing party for the Presidential Inauguration
- Keynote speaking event: "Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Personal Testimonies"
- Choral concert and birthday cake celebration
- "Men In Dialogue" seeks to address the importance of education and the alarming low graduation rate for minority students (currently less than 50%).
- Multiple worship services
Visit Emory's website for a full schedule of events.
Americans are encouraged to take time out to help their community, in honor of the memory of Dr. King. You can search for local projects that are taking place in Atlanta as a part of MLK Day of Service.
The National Historic Site is open year round and is always a great place to visit to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King. In fact, it's one of the popular free attractions in Atlanta. Wander the site yourself, or stop by the Visitor Center and sign up for a free tour of King's birth home (no advance reservations available, tours are first come, first served).