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King Holiday Events 2018

Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.


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News Release Date: January 3, 2018

Contact: Rebecca Karcher, 404-787-3377

Judy Forte is pleased to announce the free public events that will take place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to celebrate and commemorate the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., beginning Friday, January 12, 2018 and ending on the National King Holiday, Monday, January 15, 2018. Superintendent Forte said, “the National Park Service hopes to make this observance of the Martin Luther King Jr., National Holiday one that deeply honors and serves Dr. King’s life and legacy as a “day on” rather than a “day off.”

The schedule of events to include:

Friday, January 12, 2018 (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM) An educational program will be held in the Heritage Sanctuary of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in celebration of Dr. King’s 89th birthday. This very special program involves storytelling by a member of the King Family. Metro-Atlanta schools are invited to participate.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM) A Volunteer Day of Service will begin under the canopy of the National Park Service Visitor Center at 9:00 AM. Many volunteers have already registered to participate in a variety of beautification and preservation projects on the National Historic Site campus. For more information contact Marty Smith at 404-886-6140.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 (4:00 PM - 6:30 PM) An artistic tribute in the form of a concert will take place at The King Center in the Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts, located in Freedom Hall. The concert will feature an array of artists, honoring Dr. King's 89th birthday through music, song, dance and spoken word.

Monday, January 15, 2018, National King Holiday (9:30 AM – 4:30 PM) Special programs will be conducted park wide throughout the day.

  •  The King Birth Home, the historic structure where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and lived his first twelve years of life, will be open to park visitors for walk through tours from 9:30 AM through 4:30 PM.
  • A “Children’s Corner” tent will be located on Auburn Avenue at Fire Station #6 and will feature arts & crafts, a National Park Service photo booth and the Park’s Junior Ranger Program.
  • A replica of a 1955 Marta Bus will be on Auburn Ave, visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to the era of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Historic Fire Station No.6, the Heritage Sanctuary of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and National Park Service’s Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

These events offer opportunities for the park visitor to engage in meaningful and memorable experiences that connect with the significant values inherent in the unique resources of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.

Last updated: April 26, 2019

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