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Sketch of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sketch of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


King Holiday Observance Celebration 2015


The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site commemorates the 30th observance of the Federal Holiday that honors the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. with several special activities and events in collaboration with The King Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church and other community-based organizations.

  • On January 15, 2015, the National Park Service will host a public event honoring the 86th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • On January 16, 2015, there will be an artistic tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 50th year legacy as a recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and his journey as a courageous leader of Civil Rights in America.

  • On January 16, 2015, the National Park Service's cooperating association, Eastern National, will host a
    special Book Signing with members of the King Family and notable author, Dr. Lavarn Watson.
  • On January 16, 2015, there will be an artistic tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 50th year legacy as a recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and his journey as a courageous leader of Civil Rightsin America. The tribute will highlight the musical talents of the Modern American Civil Rights Movement through song, poetry, spoken word, liturgical dance and other forms of artistic expression. This program will also celebrate the musical messages captured in the experience of the African American Church, an institution that Dr. King and others used as a pathway to galvanize support during the long- standing struggle for Civil Rights and Equality in America. This event will be held in the Heritage Sanctuary at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and begin at 7:00 PM. The address for this event is at 407 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30312.
 
Dr. King shakes hand of King Olav of Norway at the prize ceremony in Oslo.

Dr. King shakes hand of King Olav of Norway at prize ceremony in Oslo.

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National Park Service commemorates the 50th
Anniversary of 1964 Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize


ATLANTA, GA -- The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., receiving the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, with the opening of an exhibition entitled, 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr., "A Global Citizen". This exhibition reveals secrets of one of the most influential African Americans of nonviolent activism. Since 1964, all the documents relating to the award nominations, notes and reports have been classified as secret, and kept under lock and key in the Norwegian Nobel Committee's extensive archive. This exhibition will reveal who nominated Dr. King, how the Nobel committee considered him and who were his keenest rivals for the prize. This exhibition has been produced by the National Park Service in partnership with the Norwegian Nobel Peace Center located in, Oslo Norway. The Norwegian curator of the exhibit will join the National Park Service in the opening of the exhibition to the public on December 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the D.R.E.A.M. Gallery which is located inside of the National Park Service's visitor center, 450 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta,Georgia. This event is free and open to the public.



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