ATLANTA (WAOK)- Plans have been announced to mark the beginning of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The 2013 observance of Dr. King’s birthday is following the theme, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Dream for Our World.”
Events run from Friday, January 11, 2013 through the MLK holiday on January 21. All events, except the Annual
Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner, are free of charge.
“We will present an inspiring, educational and multi-faceted program of events commemorating the 84th anniversary of the birthday of my father, Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said King Center CEO, Elder Bernice A. King, in announcing the 10-day observance. “Our program will kick off the golden anniversary commemoration of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and will help launch our mobilization to promote greater unity of all Americans and people all over the world in the spirit of his dream,” she continued.
“The King Center’s challenge to people of all nations is to begin a new era of nonviolent conflict reconciliation bringing people together across racial, religious, political and cultural divisions in keeping with Dr. King’s vision of the essential unity of all people, said Elder King. “We want to ignite a flame of Freedom in the hearts of people everywhere that long for peace, prosperity, justice, and yes, even brotherhood and sisterhood,” she added.
The Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner, will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel Centennial Ballroom. The event will honor Bangladeshi Economist Muhammad Yunus, ‘father of micro-credit,’ founder of the Gameen Bank and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Peace and Aflac, Inc.
The MLK birthday observance Annual Commemorative Service, scheduled for Monday, January 21, will feature Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference as the keynote speaker. The program will be held in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary and will start at 8 a.m. due to President Obama’s inauguration being held on the same day. A Presidential Inauguration “Watch Party” will be held in the Horizon Sanctuary following the Commemorative Service.
Other events of the 10-day celebration include The King Youth Expo and Showcase, Jan. 12, 12:00 noon till 4:00 p.m.; The King Health and Wellness Fest, Jan. 12; the Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Project, Jan. 15; Kingian Nonviolence Collegiate Leadership Orientation, Jan. 16; the Dream Art Contest Awards Ceremony, Jan. 19; and the Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner, where the Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award will be presented.
Also the State of Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council Program, Jan. 17; the Naturalization Ceremony of the U.S.
Immigration Services, Jan. 18; the King Center Book Signing, Jan. 20; the King Holiday March and Rally, Jan. 21 and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project on Jan. 21 – all day.
For more information visit www.thekingcenter.org