ATLANTA – Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Superintendent Judy Forte is pleased to announce special programs celebrating the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorating his life and legacy. The 87th birthday celebration for Dr. King will be held on his actual birthday, Friday, January 15, 2016 in the Heritage Sanctuary of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407 Auburn Avenue from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. The special guest will be Dr. King’s sister, Dr. Christine King Farris who will do a book reading from one of her authored books entitled, “My Brother Martin” with a Q & A session afterwards.
During the evening on January 15, 2016, beginning at 7:00 to 9:00 PM, there will be an artistic salute and tribute performance at the Yolanda D. King Theater of the Arts, located in Freedom Hall of The King Center. National Park Service will be partnering with the King Family Legacy Foundation, The King Center, MLK March Committee and Ebenezer Baptist Church to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of the Modern Civil Rights Movement in America with a focus on the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement in 1966. This musical and artistic tribute will also celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. This year’s birthday celebratory events will highlight the NPS’s role in spreading Dr. King’s dream for equality for all.
On Monday, January 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM the National Park Service will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the National King Holiday. All park facilities will be open for visitor use including the Park’s Visitor Center, Historic Fire Station No.6, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (circa 1922) and Dr. King’s Birth Home. One of the major highlights is the Open House tour of the King Birth Home that is conducted throughout the entire day.
The year 2016 also marks the Centennial of the National Park Service. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site was designated a unit of the National Park Service on October 10, 1980. Since the creation of the park the National Park Service has educated the public on the childhood influences of Dr. King growing up in the Sweet Auburn community, and how it shaped the man and leader he would become. At this National Historic Site the National Park Service preserves and interprets the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the American people and the world.
All events are free and open to the public.