There will be a multitude of events to mark the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 15.

The King Center
The annual commemorative service will take place on Monday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The guest speakers for the event will include Dr. Bernice King, who will give the keynote address. The King Center will also host the annual “Salute To Greatness” gala on Jan. 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown and other events leading up to the holiday. For a full schedule and more information, visit

The MLK March & Rally
The King Day March, also set for Monday, Jan. 15, will begin at 1:45 p.m. The march will begin at Peachtree Street and Baker Street before heading south on Peachtree to Auburn Avenue and on to Jackson Street. Leading up to the event, the MLK March Committee will observe King Week from Jan. 7 to 15 with a series of worship services, youth conference and more. See the full schedule at

Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Downtown museum will mark the King Holiday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with events including a reader’s theater, science show, storytime, art studio and build it lab. Visit for full details.

MLK Day 5K
The annual walk/run will be held Jan. 15 starting at 8 a.m. in Piedmont Park with the start and finish at 10th Street near Park Tavern. The USATF certified race course and Peachtree Road Race qualifier will be run on grass, road, gravel, wooden bridge and dirt paths through the park. There will also be a 3.1-mile drumline all along the race course. To register and for more information, visit

Atlanta History Center
There will be free admission to the Atlanta History Center and the Margaret Mitchell House at Atlanta History Center Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King Day, and featuring special programming that highlights the contributions of African-Americans in Atlanta. This year features a special film screening and conversation about A Trek to the River’s Edge with the filmmaker and student leaders of the Atlanta Student Movement at 1 pm and at 3 pm. For the full schedule of events and activities, visit

Alliance Theater
The Alliance will present “Native Guard,” an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. This production, which will be held at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, juxtaposes Trethewey’s experiences with her African-American mother and Caucasian father living in 1960s Mississippi with that of the African-American Union troop in the Civil War. The production runs Jan. 13 to Feb. 4. Visit for tickets and information.

Atlanta Symphony
Renowned soprano Kathleen Battle will give a performance of “Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Chelsea Tipton II will lead the celebration of the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs. The event will be held Friday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Art Center. Visit for tickets and information.

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.