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Legacy Campout Flyer

Legacy Campout Flyer

MartinLuther King Jr., National Historic Site to host 4thAnnual Legacy Camp-Out


The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and its partnering organizations
the Greening Youth Foundation, the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change,
and REI, will jointly host the 4th annual Legacy Campout on Friday, September
19, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. until Saturday, September 20, 2014 to 10:00 a.m. This
event will be held on the grounds of the Martin Luther King, Jr., National
Historic Site in the Visitor Center parking lot located at 450 Auburn Avenue,
N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30312.

The Legacy Campout is a free event that offers a unique forum for
local youth to have an opportunity to become exposed to outdoor recreation and
its links to a healthy lifestyle. Superintendent Judy Forte said the "Camp Out
goal is to have youth participate in activities to express their ideas,
thoughts and concerns about current social issues within the context of
fulfilling Dr. King's dream for our nation and world.
The
theme for this event is, "On the Road to Centennial." This event will help to
involve local youth to participate in the upcoming 2016 National Park Service
Centennial Celebration". There will be a special time capsule created by the
youth in attendance that will be stored in the historic home of Dr. King and
opened in 2016. Angelou Ezeilo, Founder and CEO of the Greening Youth Foundation said "we are
excited about partnering with the National Park Service to offer this opportunity which brings
together students from the Metro Atlanta High Schools and other local youth based organizations
to experience camping in an urban environment".

The keynote speaker for this event will be Mr. Stevie Baggs
graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, professional NFL and CFL football
player, and motivational speaker. He has authored a book called "More than just
a Game", and speaks all over the nation to youth about leadership. Additional remarks
will be given by Stan Austin, National Park Service, Southeastern Regional
Director, and Cherie Shepard, National Park Service, Deputy Southeastern
Regional Director, Judy Forte, Superintendent, Martin Luther King Jr., National
Historic Site, Angelou Ezeilo, Founder and CEO of the Greening Youth
Foundation, Kwanzaa Hall, District 2 Atlanta City Councilman, and Nicole
Warren- Miller, Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Coordinator, REI., and Rosalind
McGinnis, of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. We will tell stories
around
the campfire, conduct games and an assortment of camping activities, pitch tents, and
will hold live demonstrations of camping food and snacks.

This event is part of an ongoing series of public programs offered by the
Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site. For more information about this event, please visit
www.nps.gov/malu or call (404) 331-5190. Contact Joy Kinard at e-mail us,
and Jasmine Ward at jward@gyfoundation.org for more information.


 
A frontal view of the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" Rose Garden.

A frontal view of the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" Rose Garden.

NPS Photo

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
to host
22th Annual International World Peace Rose Garden Celebration

On Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:30 p.m., the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, in partnership with the International World Peace Rose Gardens (IWPRG), will host its 22nd annual "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden Program. This is a free event and open to park visitors and general public. The anniversary celebration will begin in the Heritage Sanctuary of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (circa.1922) and will end with the unveiling of 26 newly engraved winning Messages of Peace, installed along the edges of the "I Have A Dream" Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is located in the Peace Plaza, on the south side of the National Park Service Visitor Center, directly across from the gravesite of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year the Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest attracted nearly 2,000 students from schools within the Atlanta metropolitan area of Georgia, the state of California, and crossing global boundaries into China, the Gaza Strip, India and Mexico. The students were invited to creatively and poetically write unique messages reflecting their own personal thoughts on the life philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Mrs. Coretta Scott King, with themes focusing on peace and nonviolence.

"This Message of Peace Contest inspires youth to use their educational skills in critical thinking, creative writing and speaking delivery, similar skills embraced by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at a very young age," said Superintendent Judy Forte. The students’ messages, stated Superintendent Forte, "also demonstrate their individual commitments to the principles of peace, justice and nonviolence."

The 2014 winning messages unveiled on May 8, 2014 will remain on display in the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden for an entire year, in which the park visitor will have the opportunity to view, admire and become inspired.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Preservation District was established by Congress on October 10, 1980 to preserve, protect, and interpret for the benefit, inspiration, and education of present and future generations the places where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, where he lived, worked, and worshipped, and where he is buried. It consists of more than 30 acres (13 federally owned) near downtown Atlanta. It includes 67 historic buildings, most built between 1890 and 1910.

 
Mounted remembrance wreath on Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

Mounted remembrance wreath on Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Linda Byers, NPS Park Ranger

MartinLuther King, Jr. National Historic Site Remembrance Week 2014

April 4-9, 2014


ATLANTA,GA -- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Remembrance Week 2014 will commemorate the annual observance of King Remembrance Week which honors the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4-9, 2014 with a special Wreath-Laying Ceremony April 4, 2014 to commence the Park's week long series of public activities. The Wreath-Laying Ceremony will take place at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Heritage Sanctuary in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday April 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm. This year marks the 46th anniversary of the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and was brought home to be buried in the Sweet Auburn community. On April 9, 1968, his funeral took place at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and Morehouse College.

To reflect upon that solemn occasion in history, the National Park Service along with The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference will place a replica of the 1968 wreath on the historic location of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Heritage Sanctuary as it appeared on April 9, 1968. There will be a brief program with special featured remarks from representatives from King Center, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Ebenezer Baptist Church along with other dignitaries and National Park Service officials before laying the wreath upon the church's façade. In addition, a continuous Silent open house Birth Home Tour will take place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:30am and end at 4:30pm. Tours are free. To tour the home, visitors must meet at the front steps of the Birth Home where a ranger will begin the tour. "Park visitors will be in a special place at the right moment to commemorate the death of Dr. King, "stated Judy Forte, Park Superintendent.

All events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information on upcoming events at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, visit www.nps.gov/malu or call (404) 331–5190.

Did You Know?

Mama King (Alberta)

Mama King (Alberta) was playing the organ in 1974 when a young Black man named Marcus Wayne Chennault stood up and opened fire. He killed Mama King and a Deacon and wounded two other Deacons. He was sentenced to life in prison and died in 1988. No reason was ever given for why he killed Mrs. King.