The observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday takes place on Monday, Jan. 21, with a commemorative service, rally and an opportunity for Atlantans to volunteer their time.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with the MLK Jr. Annual Commemorative Service in the Horizon Sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so arrive early.  The keynote speaker will be Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The service will also feature a performance by acclaimed recording artist Angela Christie. Directly following the service will be viewing party for the inauguration of President Obama, televised on a large screen inside the sanctuary. At 2 p.m. there will be a march and rally along Auburn Avenue from Peachtree to Jackson street. The public is invited to take part in the march. For more, visit

Also happening Monday is the MLK, Jr. Day of Service Project sponsored by Hands On Atlanta, which is an opportunity for citizens to volunteer their time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, visit

In Decatur, volunteers will do major repairs on 17 homes, minor repairs and maintenance on an additional 9 homes, plus yard clean-up on these 26 homes and a large number of additional homes. There will be two shifts – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – and volunteers should meet a half-hour before the shift begins at The Solarium in the Okahurst neighborhood, 321 W. Hill St.

The Alliance Theatre, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, presents a free reading of Dear Dr. King, an original script written by Pearl Cleage in collaboration with high school Collision Project students, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Rich Auditorium at the Woodruff Arts Center. An MLK, Jr. Poetry Slam will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Alliance’s Black Box Theatre.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.