Martin Luther King Jr. Day: How to Commemorate it in Atlanta
This year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on January 16th. What better place than Atlanta to learn about Dr. King’s legacy and the work still left to do in our country? Below are some ways to commemorate the day and reflect.
- Of course, the most impactful place to go is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. They have a variety of events planned, as well as their regularly scheduled tours and activities. The Center includes the BEHOLD Monument, “I Have A Dream” World Peace Rose Garden, Birth Home, Fire Station No. 6, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, The King Center, Dr. & Mrs. King’s Tomb, and Freedom Hall.
- Take a self-guided tour of “African-American Voices” at Oakland Cemetery for only $5.
- The Apex Museum bills itself as a place “Where Every Month is Black History Month.” Be sure to check their calendar, as they are usually closed on Mondays.
- Another can’t miss stop is The Center for Civil and Human Rights, particularly The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection.
- A full day of history-related activities is also planned at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.
You and your family can enjoy free admission to:
- The Atlanta History Center will have special MLK programming throughout the day.
- National parks, including Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
And while it is not a museum, the perfect place to have lunch is Paschal’s Restaurant, established in 1947 and the meeting place of many influential historical figures.
- MLK Service project – Meet up with other volunteers in Decatur to help with home improvements for senior citizens.
- Hands-On Atlanta – This group offers a variety of projects and events all over town.
- City of Dunwoody – There are opportunities to plant, clean, and spruce up green spaces around the city.
- Downtown Atlanta will be the site for a March and Rally on Peachtree Street.
- Brookhaven’s annual dinner, MLK Day Dinner & Celebration at Lynwood Community Center, features honored speakers, dinner, giveaways, and live performances to honor the legacy of Dr. King.
- Piedmont Park is hosting the MLK Day 5k Drum Run, a race with a drum line along the path.
- Lawrenceville has planned a ceremony and a parade, along with vendors and performances.
Do you know of other events marking Dr. King’s birthday? Please post below. Please also share how you talk to your own kids about the civil rights movement.