Atlanta, the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a city rich in history, will commemorate the civil rights leader on Jan. 19, which is the 23rd anniversary of the national holiday in King’s honor. Area attractions are hosting special events in celebration and appreciation of the holiday weekend.
Holiday activities include the events at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The celebration week is Jan. 15-19, and the theme is "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off." Events will focus on Dr. King’s teachings and principles. For more information, go to www.thekingcenter.org
For the 17th year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with the Morehouse College and Spelman College glee clubs, will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the Morehouse College campus. Tickets are $25. Go to www.atlantasymphony.org for details.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Service Summit is Jan. 15-19, and is a conference that explores the teachings of Dr. King and the ways ordinary people can make a difference in the world. The conference, is co-sponsored by Hand On Atlanta. Call 404-979-2800 or go to www.handsonatlanta.org
The annual State of Georgia Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance program will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 in the north wing of the State Capitol. Call 404-463-7780.
The annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. This ceremony recognizes national and international people and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership and commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of Dr. King. Tickets are $200. Call 404-526-8911.
Dr. Christine King Farris and Elder Bernice A. King will sign books at 3-5 p.m. Jan. 18 at the King Center Auditorium. Call 404-526-8944.
The Ebenezer Baptist Church will host the Martin Luther King Jr. annual Commemorative Service at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 in the New Horizon Sanctuary. Call 404-526-8911 or go to www.thekingcenter.org
On Jan. 20, Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the first black president of the United States. At 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Sweet Auburn Historic District will be the site of Atlanta's official inauguration celebration. There will be speakers from the Civil Rights era, music, entertainment and a special holographic presentation.