Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King will posthumously receive a Congressional Gold Medal during a special ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on June 24. The ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. For more than two centuries the Congressional Gold Medal has been one of the most distinguished honors bestowed by the Congress. Since 1776, the award has also been given to such diverse individuals as George Washington; Mother Theresa; Dorothy Height; Rosa Parks; Thomas Edison; Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; President Nelson Mandela; the Dalai Lama; Dr. Jonas Salk and many others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that dozens of its Atlanta-based employees may have been accidentally exposed to anthrax, according to a report in Creative Loafing. Sometime last week, CDC researchers moved samples, which were believed to be inactivated, from a high-security lab to one with lower safety requirements without using the proper protective gear needed to handle those materials. The CDC said staffers, family members, or local resident are not at risk of exposure at the moment.

If you’re out and about this weekend, expect some road delays as construction continues on I-285. On I-285, two lanes will be closed in each direction from I-75 to New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. on Monday. Also expect multiple lane closures all weekend on I-285 between Riverside Rive and Roswell Road.

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.