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15 Ways to Serve & Celebrate MLK Day

This weekend is packed full of activities in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We’ve collected over fifteen ways for you to reflect, volunteer and celebrate Dr. King’s impact in Atlanta and beyond. Plus free admission offers to some of the best tours in town! What will you choose to do for others?

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13

THE MAKING OF A MAN
Center for Civil and Human Rights
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

You are invited to embark on the journey of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s transformation into an icon. Join Morehouse College alumni and the Center for Civil and Human Rights for a reception commemorating the newest collection of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection entitled: Morehouse College and the Making of a Man.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

MAKE YOUR MARK
Community Bucket
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Make Your Mark on Atlanta with 6 different service projects to choose from in the morning – W.D. Thomson Park, Concrete Jungle, Mad Housers, Urban Sprout Farm, Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House and Flat Rock Cemetery. After we finish volunteering, meet the group for lunch, drinks, and games (they even have indoor bocce!) at Torched Hop Brewery in Midtown (located on Ponce de Leon Ave).

SPARK SATURDAY
Center for Civil and Human Rights
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January’s SPARK Saturday will celebrate the legacy and ongoing struggle for human rights of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities include a book reading by The Center’s CEO Derreck Kayongo and games.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

RAISE YOUR VOICE: HEALING COMMUNITY THROUGH SONG
Center for Civil and Human Rights
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A community invitation for all to come & share in song regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The music program will be lead by Donal Noonan, (exec. dir. of the Atlanta Homeward Choir & Music Director of the Shrine of Immaculate Conception & The Atlanta Homeward Choir).

SUNDAY SUPPER DIALOGUE
Hands On Atlanta
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We are partnering with The Center for Civil and Human Rights to host an event entitled “Social Justice Through Service: Bridging the Gap.” The event will include a VIP tour of the museum, dinner with an expert panel of community leaders, special guests, and lively table conversations hosted by Atlanta-based civic and business leaders.

MONDAY, JANUARY 16

MLK DAY 5K LET FREEDOM RUN
MLK 5K
race starts at 8:00 am

Gathering the diverse groups in our beloved community to celebrate Martin Luther King Day in the spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood with fellowship and fitness.

BONNER DAY OF SERVICE
Morehouse College
volunteering starts at 8:00 am

Students participate in community service throughout the city. Location: Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College. Contact: Monty Whitney for additional details.

MAKE YOUR MARK
Community Bucket
9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Our Weekend of Good continues on Monday, January 16th – MLK Day – with a morning service project to help our friends at Frazier Rowe Park (in Druid Hills neighborhood). We’ll help them plant hundreds of daffodil bulbs as part of the Daffodil Project for Holocaust remembrance. After a few hours of hard work, we’ll go next door to Fellini’s for lunch and a chance to get to know your fellow volunteers better.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE
Trees Atlanta
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by giving back to your community! Trees Atlanta volunteer projects include: Brook Run Park (Tree Planting), Southview Cemetery (Tree Planting), Atlanta Memorial Park (Forest Restoration), Atlanta Center for Medical Research (Tree Planting).

MLK DAY OF SERVICE: 2017 PROJECTS
Georgia Tech
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Georgia Tech has an onslaught of volunteer opportunities for students, neighbors, family and friends. Nonprofit volunteer projects include: Bright Futures, Friends of Refugees’, The Historic Oakland Foundation, Trees Atlanta, and The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. Head to their project page and decide who you want to volunteer with this MLK Day.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY 2017
Center for Civil and Human Rights
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The weekend’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy culminates on January 16 with a performance by the Palefsky Collision Project, Alliance theatre and a screening of Ava DuVernay’s 2014 film, SELMA.

Palefsky Collision Project performance: 11:00 am
SELMA Shows: 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm

MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Human Rights Campaign
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

HRC and Lost-n-Found invite you to join us in transforming this national holiday into a “day on, not a day off” with a service project benefiting homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. You can make a difference in our community by donating items and volunteering your time.

MLK SERVICE PROJECTS
Hands On Atlanta
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Hands On Atlanta will mobilize 1,500 volunteers in service to local schools and nonprofits.

MLK HAPPY HOUR
Community Bucket
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In the spirit of this important MLK holiday, and after a weekend of volunteering, we want to make a toast to this legacy of service with a special happy hour at Monday Night Brewing – open to our whole community. Join us on Monday, January 16th for a brewery party from 5:30-7:3o. Whether you are able to volunteer or not, come hang out with like-minded people as we kick off another year of Service Made Social with Community Bucket.

THE BELOVED COMMUNITY
Civic Dinners
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Starting this MLK Day, January 16th, thousands of Americans across the country will invite their neighbors—friends and strangers alike—to have Civic Dinners. These are dinners where people come together to share personal stories and visions for the beloved community. After 100 days of dinners, we will produce a report that reflects back this shared vision and 101 ideas for what citizens can do at various levels of civic life—locally and nationally, in our work places, faith communities, and beyond—to create the beloved community.

FREE TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER & MARGARET MITCHELL HOUSE
Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by learning about his life and legacy as well as the many contributions of African Americans in Atlanta. This is a free admission day at Atlanta History Center, including Margaret Mitchell House.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY TOUR
The city of Atlanta leads an African-American History Tour of important graves at Oakland Cemetery. Free registration on their website

NATIONAL PARK TOURS
Enjoy free entrance days in the national parks, including Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.