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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013

January 18, 2013
MLK Sculpture in Atlanta, GA (Freedom Pkwy)

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was an integral figure in the Civil Rights Movement. He spoke, engaged others, and preached about justice, empowerment, love and peace. His efforts had a lasting impact on individuals in this nation and around the world.

King was born here in Georgia, in Atlanta, and entered Christian ministry like his father in 1948. He was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He began serving at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954, and was instrumental in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made famous by the nonviolent resistance and arrest of Rosa Parks. He moved back to Atlanta in 1959 to direct the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and also served with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all individuals, and believed that all citizens could apply principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live.

January 21, 2013 will mark the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This day is an excellent opportunity for Georgians and individuals across the country to honor King's legacy by serving their communities. The MLK Day of Service intends to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to King's vision of a beloved community.

The MLK Day of Service website can help you find ways to serve in your area. The King Center in Atlanta has several events planned, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site also has events planned. Georgia Public Broadcasting has compiled this list of events around Georgia to honor and celebrate King, including parades, performances and volunteer opportunities.

To commemorate King's legacy and encourage Georgians to serve and honor his efforts, state offices will be closed on Monday, January 21. If you need assistance, you can visit government agencies when they reopen Tuesday, January 22.

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