King Center, Atlanta Coalition Commemorate 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Dream

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    The Atlanta Global Freedom Exposition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech will be held in Atlanta on Aug. 17 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    The expo is being presented by The King Center in cooperation with the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta Public Schools, the City of Atlanta, Operation Hope among others.

    “As America prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and my father’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we feel it is important that his hometown create a very special celebration of this historic milestone,” said King Center CEO Bernice A. King.

    MLK National Historic Site Superintendent Judy Forte joined Ms. King in inviting the public to attend the program open to the public free of charge.

    “This Exposition offers all Atlantans a unique, family-friendly opportunity to participate in honoring Dr. King’s great dream for our nation and world in the community where he was nurtured,” Forte said.

    The Expo will feature social, financial and religious organizations that have made an impact on society in ways that can be emulated throughout the world to help fulfill Dr. King’s dream. The Expo will leverage communications resources, which were unavailable in Dr. King’s time, to connect people all over the world to learn, share and advocate for freedom.

    The program, which will be held at locations in the MLK National Historic Site, will feature story-telling and other children’s activities, tours, musical performances, oral history recording, fitness activities, health and wellness education. There will also be film presentations, an educational expo depicting various groups’ contributions toward fulfilling Dr. King’s dream, an ethnic food ‘court’ and an evening “candlelight flotilla” in the reflecting pool surrounding the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King.

    King said that, because many Atlantans will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the August 24th-28th national celebration of the 50th anniversary at the Lincoln Memorial, the coalition decided to hold the Atlanta program on August 17. She said the commemorative program will promote the 50th anniversary national themes “Freedom to Prosper in Life,” “Freedom to Peacefully Co-Exist” and “Freedom to Participate in Government.” The national overall theme is “Our World, His Dream: Freedom – Make It Happen.”

    For more information, check the King Center website (www.thekingcenter.org) for updates.

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