Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at these incredible events across his hometown!
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, at 501 Auburn Avenue. For the next twelve years, he lived there with his grandparents, parents, siblings, other family members, and borders. The home is located in the residential section of “Sweet Auburn”, the center of Black Atlanta.
Hence why there’s so much that goes on every year in Atlanta for Martin Luther King Day! Not only is it a federal holiday in the States honoring his birthday, but a day to promote kindness, tolerance, and equality. Here are nine things going on for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here in the ATL.
Disclaimer: COVID regulations will be in place, and things may change due to the ongoing circumstances.
1. King Holiday Observance
Where: The King Center
The King Center is the epicenter for all things MLK, here in Atlanta. It was established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King and is the official memorial dedicated to King’s legacy. For MLK Day, there will be a 10-day celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King. There’s something for everyone, from performance art to insightful workshops. Click here for more information.
2. Hands On Atlanta
Where: Several locations across the city
Hands On Atlanta are an incredible organization that help the people of Atlanta find volunteer opportunities that are available across the city. Click here to find out what’s going on for Martin Luther King Day, with a schedule stretching throughout the entirety of January, and beyond!
Where: Atlanta History Center
Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his hometown of Atlanta through a variety of virtual and in-person educational activities, including simulations, crafts, and story time, as well as offerings for adults including author talks. The event is free with entry, but registration or day pass required. The special event will be taking place on the 16th and 17th of January Visit their website here for more information.
4. Annual Commemorative Service
Where: Ebenezer Baptist Church
Martin Luther King’s home church always make MLK Day extra special. Located near The King Center, the church will host an enchanting church service honoring the federal holiday, as well as other inspiring events. For the full list of events and more information, visit their website.
5. MLK Day 5K Freedom Run
Looking to kick off the New Year with a charitable fitness boost? The incredible 5K Freedom Run celebrates MLK Day by working with Atlanta area schools, churches, community organizations and businesses to use the race as a fundraiser for their community-oriented initiatives. This 5K walk/run will take place entirely on New Peachtree Road on January 17th 2022. Click here for more information and registration.
Where: All over the ATL!
The Black community in Atlanta is is the backbone of the city. There’s so many stories worth sharing, supporting or discovering this Martin Luther King. Jr Day, including and beyond MLK! Click here for our self-guided tour of the ATL’s Black history, perfect for this MLK weekend!
7. Oakland Cemetery
Where: Oakland Cemetery
The historic Oakland Cemetery are hosting several events honoring MLK day. From an unmissable tour exploring the history, lives, and labors of Atlanta’s African American women on January 9th, to a MLK Day of Service, where you can volunteer your services to help preserve the enchanting grounds (must reserve your spot). Click here for more information and reservations.
Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Head to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for their informative program honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. for MLK Day! Activities will inculde the Innovation Station, where you’ll learn about Martin Luther King, and think of ways you can help build a better world. There will even be a learning experience delving into his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on stage.
One of the many things you could do is visit one of Georgia’s stunning National Parks. To honor the birthday of Martin Luther King, National Park Service sites will waive entrance fees for everyone on Monday, January 17, 2022, as the first fee free day of the year. Click here for more information.
10. Center for Civil & Human Rights
Atlanta’s home to the the best Civil Rights museum of its kind. And what better time to visit that on Martin Luther King Day? Explore the insightful space and learn all about the Civil Rights Movement, and Atlanta’s crucial role in its origins and functionality.