ATLANTA (WAOK/AP) – King Week activities continue in Atlanta, highlighted by the annual Commemorative Service held on Monday, January 16th, at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue.
The annual King Commemorative Service will feature as keynote speaker Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Members of the King family and a host of elected officials and public figures will also participate in the service.
WAOK will simulcast the King Commemorative Service on Monday beginning at 10 am.
Following the service, all ages are invited to participate in the MLK Day March and Rally at the King Center. The staging position for the march will be at the corner of Ellis and Peachtree Streets, line up is at 1:15pm for a 2:00pm start time. The march begins at Baker and Peachtree Streets, and runs down Auburn Ave to the King Memorial Center. After the march, there will be a rally at the King Center.
Here are other highlights of King week events.
• Emory’s Day On: During the King holiday Jan. 16, hundreds of Emory University volunteers will work around Atlanta to plant trees, paint arts facilities and sort medical supplies for overseas clinics as part of “Emory’s Day On.”
• King Week Keynote Speaker: Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science at Tulane University, MSNBC contributor and columnist for “The Nation,” will speak at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Emory’s Cannon Chapel, 515 South Kilgo Circle. Her address will focus on “King’s Legacy and the New Civil Rights Frontiers.”
• Jazz Vesper Service: Emory music professor Dwight Andrews will lead this popular celebration of King’s life with the Atlanta Jazz Chorus at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 in Emory’s Cannon Chapel,515 South Kilgo Circle.
“From King to Obama – DuBois and Back Again: Reflections on Race, Nation and African American Internationalism.” An art exhibition by J.R. Phillips focusing on the artistic interactions between the African Diaspora and mainland China in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through March 31. Free. Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-730-4001.
King Holiday Celebration. Event will feature music, a keynote address by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold D. Melton and presentation of the 2012 Humanitarian Award. 10 a.m. Jan. 16. Free. City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs.
MLK Day of Service 2012. 9 a.m. Jan. 16. Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston. 404-501-0107.
Cobb County’s 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The holiday event is free and open to the public. The event, titled “The Dream, the Life, the Legacy,” is sponsored by Cobb County NAACP. 10 a.m. Jan. 16. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-425-5757.
King Worship Service. 11 a.m. Jan. 16. Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta. 404-681-2800.
“Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness.” The Alliance Theatre presents two free readings of an original script by Atlanta author and playwright Pearl Cleage in collaboration with students in its high school Collision Project. Inspired by the Declaration of Independence, “Life, Liberty” uses the voices of teens to question issues of citizenship and diversity. Presented in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League. 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 16. Free. Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4749.
DeKalb NAACP’s 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Peace Rally. Sponsored by the DeKalb NAACP. Parade takes place on Main Street in downtowen Stone Mountain beginning at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Rally follows at Champion Theme Middle School gymnasium, 5265 Mimosa Drive, Stone Mountain. 404-241-8006.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project. An opportunity for ordinary citizens to make a difference in the world, sponsored by Hands On Atlanta, with diverse community service projects throughout Atlanta. Jan. 16. For more information contact Hands On Atlanta at 404-979-2800.