Each year Georgia State University honors The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work with numerous activities in January. Campus events feature lectures, discussions, celebration, and community service opportunities that reflect his dream and vision for civil rights and social justice.
January 18, 2021, marks the 35th anniversary of the first observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a U.S. federal holiday. Georgia State's schedule of events kicks off on January 18 with the university's annual Day of Service.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team has established this page to provide a more central location for events across the university's different colleges, schools, departments and other units, along with highlighted external events in the communities Georgia State's campuses call home. Learn more below!
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Check out highlighted events around metro Atlanta commemorating the life, legacy and vision of Dr. King, and how we can make his vision a reality.
If you have suggestions for other events happening around the metro Atlanta area commemorating Dr. King, please let us know by clicking here.
2021 King Holiday Observance Beloved Community Global Summit
January 14 - 15
The Beloved Community Global Summit is an opportunity for mission aligned individual organizations who are dedicated to creating the Beloved Community to come together and share ideas. Participants will hear from a myriad of national and international individuals who share their vision for a more just, humane, equitable and peaceful world.
2021 King Holiday Observance Beloved Community Awards
January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Every year, The King Center in Atlanta leads the nation-wide observance of the national holiday commemorating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the marquee events of the King Center’s week-long holiday experience will be the “Beloved Community Awards” (formally “The Salute to Greatness” Award). The Beloved Community Awards recognize national and international individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership; pursue the universal quest for social justice and who are committed to creating the Beloved Community, a more just, humane and peaceful world, in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr.
2021 King Holiday Observance Beloved Community Commemorative Service
January 18 @ 10:30 am - 1:45 pm
The culminating program for the weeklong celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy is the Beloved Community Commemorative Service. The event will be live streamed on multiple platforms, including Facebook, The King Center web page, and other sources, as well as televised locally on Fox 5 Atlanta (WAGA).
Hands On Atlanta Day of Service
January 14 -18 @ 9:00 am 11:00 pm
From January 14-18, 2021 the Atlanta community will unite in service (virtually and in-person) for a day on to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Live Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community by serving the community. For the 2021 MLK Day of Service, Hands on Atlanta will feature meaningful (and fun) in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities and social good events. Unite in service and join thousands across metro Atlanta to do something good.
Hands On Atlanta MLK Sunday Supper
January 17 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
2020 has seen a global pandemic, divisive presidential election, growing Black Lives Matter movement, staggering nationwide unemployment, and an educational slump. On Sunday, Jan. 17, the MLK Sunday Supper, presented by Coca-Cola will virtually be delivered to dinner tables at homes across metro Atlanta, engaging as many people around a conversation about race and social justice.
Join Atlanta History Center for a special virtual panel discussion with authors Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick and leaders of the Atlanta Student Movement Charles Black and Rev. Dr. Otis T. Moss, Jr. A part of Atlanta History Center’s virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day programming, the panel will discuss the Kendrick’s latest book Nine Days along with first-hand experiences from the Civil Rights Movement, the Atlanta sit-ins, and Atlanta Student Movement. The panel will explore how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s imprisonment changed the 1960 election and our country.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Day of Service: Breast Cancer Screening and COVID-19 Testing
Friday, January 15 (Clarkston), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, January 16 (Atlanta), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As part of its MLK day of service and in conjunction with the sorority's Breast Cancer Awareness program, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is sponsoring free screenings for uninsured women through a mobile 3D mammography unit. More information about eligibility, appointments and locations is available at the link. Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) will also be at the event to provide free COVID-19 testing. A flyer is available here. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Decatur: MLK Jr. Day of Service with Partners in Action for Healthy Living (PAHL)
January 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join PAHL for a National Day of service to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Help beautify the garden by weeding, transplanting, and other general maintenance tasks. There will be different volunteer stations to promote social distancing. Masks and closed-toe shoes are required. Tools will be sanitized prior to the event and handwashing sink and hand sanitizer will be available on site.
Dunwoody: A Salute to the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 16 @ 9 am -12 pm
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for as Dunwoody Preservation Trust displays a number of iconic photos, some of his most powerful quotes, and a viewing of his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” which invoked the words of the founding fathers, Lincoln, and the U.S. Constitution. This broadcast was originally aired live on television and radio on August 28, 1963. This will be an exhibit and will be held in the newly completed garage at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. View the bottom of the page at the link for more information.
Dunwoody MLK Jr. Day of Service
January 18 (all day)
The City of Dunwoody and Jack & Jill Inc. celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with community service projects with the following organizations:
- Dunwoody Nature Center
- Trees Atlanta
- The Daffodil Project
- Spruill Arts Center
Emory University: Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture 2021
"Economic Unity - Our Peaceful and Powerful Protest" with Maggie Anderson
Thursday, Jan. 28, 4 to 5:30 p.m., via Zoom (registration information at the link above)
In 2009, global media covered Maggie Anderson, Congressman John Lewis’ former aide, President Barack Obama’s former law student, and a successful corporate executive, as she lived out her public pledge to “buy Black” only for an entire year. Her family was threatened, and her mother was dying of pancreatic cancer. She took this stand raising two babies and with no Black owned grocery store.
Maggie’s historic year, a.k.a. “The Empowerment Experiment” (“EE”), resulted in an unprecedented amount of mainstream media, university, and corporate attention specifically on Black-owned businesses, systemic racism in the American economy, and economic inequality; tens of millions in revenue for and deposits into Black businesses and banks; a landmark Kellogg study proving one million jobs could be created if Black firms received a small increase in support; and her critically acclaimed book, Our Black Year.
Click here for an event flyer from the Emory Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
MLK Day 5K
Stone Mountain Park
MLK Day 5K seeks to gather diverse groups from the community to celebrate Martin Luther King Day in the spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood with fellowship and fitness. This 5K walk/run will take place entirely in Stone Mountain Park. The USATF certified race course and Peachtree Road Race qualifier will have a 3.1 mile drumline all along the race course. This is a unique event that allows participants to register their school PTA, Church or other organization to receive proceeds from MLKDAY5K. Online Registration closes 1/14
The Henry County Branch of the NAACP invites the community to join its annual celebratory events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Activities take place from Jan. 16th to 18th.