Visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are top destinations to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 21. Here are some other events you won’t want to miss.

The King Center
The annual commemorative service will take place on Monday, Jan. 21, starting at 10 a.m. in the Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The King Center will also host the annual “Salute To Greatness” gala on Jan. 19 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. 21, 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. 13 to 21 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. 21 starting at 8:45 a.m. in Piedmont Park with the start and finish at 10th Street near Park Tavern. The USATF certified 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 racecourse starting at 8 a.m., so come early to enjoy the music. To register and for more information, visit

Atlanta History Center 
There will be free admission to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead and the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Among the highlights will be a 1 p.m. screening of Frederick Lewis’ documentary Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask, about the life and legacy of the first African American writer to achieve national and international fame, followed by a conversation with the filmmakerAnother highlight is a 3:30pm talk by Adam Parker, author of Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr. For the full schedule of events and activities, visit

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.