Celebrating MLK Day in 2016

Local celebrations and activities abound for the national holiday in January honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Arguably Atlanta’s best known historical figure, his birthday has become a time to honor his legacy as a Civil Rights leader as well as to continue his lifetime efforts to enhance the daily lives of the less fortunate in our communities through volunteer work.

 

I like to begin the yearly commemoration by visiting the many sites in the King Historic District. The National Park Service offers excellent tours of the beautifully restored birth home of Dr. King on Auburn Ave. as well as the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. In the same block is the Civil Rights Museum and the King Center, featuring the final resting places for Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

 

Events commemorating Dr. King are city wide in January. The most visual is the March and Rally to be held on Jan. 18th. Participants will gather at Peachtree and Baker streets with the march stepping off at 1:45 p.m. This will be followed by a planned service at Ebenezer Baptist in the Historic District. Various events will also be held on the Morehouse College campus for several days prior to the Mon-day holiday. One very special activity on Jan. 26th is an open house by the King Archival Collection at the Woodruff Library at Atlanta University. Many of the 13,000 items in the collection will be on display.

 

–Dick Funderburke