6 Ways to Commemorate MLK Day Around Atlanta | 2021

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by learning about his life and legacy as well as the many contributions of African Americans in Atlanta! Throughout the city, Martin Luther King Jr. 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 20th, 2020.

  1. MLK Day 5K
    Not only does the race celebrate MLK Jr. 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
    In collaboration with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta will host a series of events in honor of MLK with a special Tribute and Music & Movement programs! The Stage, Science Bar, and Creativity Cafe will all be open for special projects in honor of the holiday.
  3. Atlanta History Center
    This year’s commemoration will look back on the past 13 years of honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Enjoy a virtual Author Talk featuring authors Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick with Atlanta Student Movement leaders Charles Black and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss.
  4. Free Entrance Day at National Parks
    With free admittance to all National Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the perfect time to celebrate all that America’s beautiful parks have to offer! Be part of America’s largest celebration of national heritage! It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks.
  5. MLK Day of Service & Sunday Supper
    Dr. King’s legacy and vision for peace and equality will be honored with several marquee events, both virtual and in person. On Sunday, Hands On Atlanta will host their Signature Sunday Supper; and throughout the week, the community is invited to virtual panels, days of service, and more!
  6. MLK Day March & Rally – TBA
    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.