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 15th, 2018.

  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
    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
    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.
  6. Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner
    The King Center’s primary fundraising initiative takes place on Saturday, January 13th 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 Day of Service & Sunday Supper
    The 8th annual MLK Day of Service continues Dr. King’s legacy by fostering the national holiday’s spirit of “A Day On, Not a Day Off” while also honoring the Georgia Tech motto: “Progress & Service.” Participants will serve with community partners on service projects throughout the city. On Thursday, January 18th, the MLK “Sunday” Supper invites the community to join over a meal and engage in meaningful dialogue around this year’s theme, “Actualizing the Dream: The Future of Nonviolent Political Protest.”