King_Holiday_Observance_Celebration_2015

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Date: January 14, 2015
Contact: Judy Forte, 404-909-2911

Sketch of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sketch of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ATLANTA, GA - 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. This event will take place in the Heritage Sanctuary at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, who is one of Dr. King's nieces and the daughter of Dr. Christine King Farris, will read a children's book, followed by a question and answer session. Mr.Stevie Baggs, a motivation speaker, actor and former professional football player will start up the birthday celebration at 10:00 a.m. The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (Heritage Sanctuary) is located at 407 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30312.

On January 16, 2015, the National Park Service's cooperating association, Eastern National, will be hosting a special Book Signing with members of the King Family and notable author, Dr. Lavarn Watson. This Book Signing will be held at the Eastern National Museum store at 497 Auburn Avenue, NE Atlanta, Georgia, 30312, from 5:00 p.m. through 6:30 p.m.

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 the1964 Nobel Peace Prize and his journey as a courageous leader of Civil Rights in 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.

The National Park Service has unveiled a changing exhibit entitled "1964 Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Prize." This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 1964. This exhibit shares the compelling story of Dr. King, as a global citizen, through primary documents received from the Nobel Peace Center of Norway. A gallery of historic photographs documents the local celebrations in welcoming Dr. and Mrs.King and their guests back home to Atlanta, Georgia. This changing exhibit will be on display throughout the year of 2015.

National Park Service has also obtained historic footage of Dr. King being interviewed on December 8,1964, by Erik E. Bye, a notable Norwegian television and radio personality. This rarely seen 30-minute interview will be featured throughout the King Holiday Observance Week in the Park's Visitor Center Theater.

All events are FREE and open to the public.



Last updated: April 14, 2015

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