7 Ways to Commemorate MLK Day Around Atlanta

Martin Luther King Day is a day of remembrance, celebration, and commemoration.

We have you covered with all the happenings around Atlanta in honor of the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday: January 16th, 2017.

  1. MLK Day 5K
    Not only does the race celebrate MLK Day, but Atlanta area schools, churches, community organizations and businesses are able to use the race as a fundraiser for their community-oriented initiatives. $5 of each registration from an approved organization will be returned to that organization for use in community efforts of its choice. Drummers every 50 meters will give the race a unique vibe that will transform the 3.1 miles into fast parade.  Just think…drummers will keep the beat as you streak through the Park! The 5K walk/run is a USATF certified 5K race course and a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier.

  2. Children’s Museum
    The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will host a series of events in honor of MLK with a special Tribute, Mini-Musical, Storytime, and Music & Movement programs! The Art Studio and Build It Lab will both be open for special projects in honor of the holiday.
  3. MLK Day March & Rally
    The annual March assembles at 1:15 p.m. and steps off at 1:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, covering topics such as: education, technology, transportation, housing, job creation, peace, and justice.
  4. Atlanta History Center
    Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by learning about his life and legacy as well as the many contributions of African Americans in Atlanta. Admission is free at Atlanta history Center, including Margaret Mitchell House. Programs include book signings, theater experiences, film screenings, a freedom ride simulation, and more.
  5. Free Entrance Day at National Parks
    The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of the second century by visiting a park on MLK Day.
  6. Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner
    The King Center’s primary fundraising initiative takes place on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify excellent leadership and who have demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. MLK Commemorative Services at Ebenezer Baptist Church
    Sponsored by The King Center, this annual church service is an ecumenical endeavor, engaging members of various religious traditions and state, national, and international governments. This year, 20 spaces will be available to the Georgia Tech community through the MLK Day of Service program.