Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday in January.  Congressman John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. The holiday was enacted at the federal level by legislation signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Conyers served more than 50 years in Congress, becoming the sixth-longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history; he is also the longest serving African American member of Congress. He co-founded the congressional black caucus in 1969.

Events and things to do on MLK Day throughout Georgia:

Atlanta

Visit the MLK Historic Site: The Martin Luther King Historic Site is part of the National Park Service. Near the MLK Jr. National Historic Site is the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, the oldest public market in Atlanta.

Volunteer: Celebrate the holiday volunteering at Georgia State Parks. Panola Mountain has a structured days of service during the MLK Weekend.

MLK Jr. Day of Service opportunities: Oakland Cemetery, Hands On Atlanta, Georgia Tech, and Decatur Service Project.

Visit Oakland Cemetery, one of the best places to learn history in Atlanta. For MLK weekend, take a walking tour and learn about the men and women who shaped Atlanta and the African American experience in Atlanta.

Visit Center for Civil and Human Rights: This is the best civil rights museum of its kind. See how long can you sit at the lunch counter with people jeering in your ear, or stand on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

Visit the Atlanta History Center: The Atlanta History Center is hosting a FREE admission day on Martin Luther King. FREE admission includes access to the museum exhibits.

Martin Luther King Parades in Georgia

Gwinnett

Parade, food vendors and performances to honor Dr. Kings legacy in Lawrenceville, Ga. The parade kicks off at 11 am.

Dublin

Held on Saturday, Jan. 19, this is the second largest MLK parade in Georgia.

Valdosta

Valdosta/Lowndes County Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Association: At 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, the youth program will be held at Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St.

Valdosta State University: 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. The MLK Day March and Vigil will start at 10:30 a.m. at the University Center. A brunch will follow in the Student Union Ballrooms, and the Day of Service events will be from 1-4 p.m.

Savannah

Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. parade will begin 10 a.m. at the intersection of East Broad and Liberty streets and will end at the intersection of West Anderson Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Service Projects

Atlanta

Hands ON Atlanta will host its Signature Sunday Supper and on Monday, January 21, and will mobilize 1,500 volunteers at 25 service projects across Atlanta.

Augusta

Augusta Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church is hosting its third annual Youth Day of Service on January 21st, providing 13 agencies with toiletry bags for those with needs.

Macon

A citywide memorial march starts at 11 a.m. at four different points in the city before meeting at the Government Center on Poplar Street with a greeting at noon. Those four spots are: Booker T. Washington Community Center (north), Rosa Jackson Center (east), Frank Johnson Recreation Center (west), and Memorial Gym (south).

Athens

MLK Day of Service Celebration – Monday, January 21: 1:00-3:00 Location: West Broad Farmers Market 1573 W. Broad St. Post-Day of Service celebration at the West Broad Garden to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect on why we participate in “A Day On and Not a Day Off.” MLK Day Parade and Music Fest: Monday, January 21 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in downtown Athens. Learn more about the MLK Day Parade and Music Fest.

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