The King Center is getting back to the roots of King Day.
Dr. Bernice King – CEO of The King Center – in partnership with the city of Atlanta, Councilman Kwanza Hall and State Senator Emanuel Jones kicked off events Friday celebrating the birthday of the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. .
This year’s theme is “Remember, Celebrate and Act.” A concentrated focus is being put on the youth this year with a campaign called “No Shots Fired.” The campaign will challenge kids through high school on the King Day to refrain from cursing, fighting or doing ill will to others.
The campaign, in conjunction with the Atlanta Hawks, will ask students to promote “No Shots Fired” through social media platforms in hopes of winning free tickets to Hawks games, as well.
Included in the schedule of events for this year’s King Day is a reception Friday night at the King Center Freedom Hall; Wednesday Jan. 15 a discussion on human trafficking will take place at Ebenezer aptist church; Thursday Jan. 16, students K through 12 will take a tour of the King center and participate in a forum on nonviolence; Saturday Jan. 18 the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner will take place at the downtown Hyatt Regency honoring Muhammad Ali; with events culminating Monday Jan. 20 with the Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
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