Martin Luther
King Jr. Day

Atlanta celebrates its heritage

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, celebrating the achievements of African-Americans throughout history as an important part of American history. From a day of service to lectures, exhibits, concerts and art, there are a number of ways to observe MLK Day in Atlanta. Begin with honoring Dr. King’s legacy, visiting historic landmarks and celebrating the lives and efforts of many Atlantans and civil rights icons that influenced our country’s progression. 

As the heart of the civil rights movement, Atlanta’s history, heritage and role in the civil rights movement gives visitors and Atlantans a number of places to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday throughout the city and much further beyond the beginning of the year. 

Things to do for MLK Day in Atlanta

King Holiday Observance

Each year, The King Center observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a 10-day celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Events range from performance art to lectures and charitable workshops. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service

The church service is held on the Federal Holiday at Ebenezer Baptist Church located near The King Center. On this day The King Center encourages the world to engage in volunteer service in tribute to the work and life of Dr. King and other local Atlanta civil rights activists. 

Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service

Hands On Atlanta mobilizes more than 3,000 volunteers in service to local communities, schools and nonprofits at the as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. For volunteering opportunities, visit their website here

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