The King Family and the King Center are at the Center of planned 50th Anniversary commemoration events in Atlanta. With activities beginning predominately on April 4, but continuing through Mon., April 9, the day 50 years ago King’s funeral was held in that city.
On April 4, the Kings will begin the day’s activities with the presentation of their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent peace Prize, the King Center’s highest award. The awards program will be followed by invitational only luncheon at the MLK Community Center, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and at 7:01 p.m. ET, the King family will participate in the Global Bell Ringing and a laying of a wreath at the King tomb.
Things pick back up in Atlanta on Sat., April 7 with a program for youth hosted by King grandchildren: Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, JR. and Maryn Rippy, granddaughter of A.D. King, MLK’s brother. The program to be held at the Georgia Freight Depot runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be emceed by Hudson Yang of ABC’s “Fresh of the Boat” sitcom.
On Monday, April 9, at private memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. ET, at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the same church where King’s funeral service was held 50 years ago. At noon ET, a planned March for Humanity will start on Jackson Ave. and end at the Georgia State Capitol, in the Liberty Park Plaza where a Love for Humanity Rally will be held.
For more information about Atlanta events go to www.MLK50forward.org.