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Atlanta remembers King
by Nicole Dow
January 15, 2014 10:14 AM | 1336 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Lovett School students, parents and faculty participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March in downtown Atlanta in 2013.
Special Photo / Lovett School students, parents and faculty participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March in downtown Atlanta in 2013.
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There will be multiple opportunities Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and downtown Atlanta.

For the 14th year, The Lovett School in Buckhead will be participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March in downtown Atlanta.

School spokeswoman Jen Sarginson said as many as 250 members of the school community will join in the march.

“Lovett is the only independent school in the Atlanta area to provide a coordinated effort such as this for our students, parents and faculty,” she said.

The march will travel down Auburn Avenue from Peachtree to Jackson streets. The assembly will begin at 1:15 p.m., and the march and rally will start at 1:45 p.m.

Also downtown, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave., will have a commemorative church service at 8 a.m. Raphael Warnock, the church’s senior pastor, will deliver the keynote address.

Sandy Springs will host its annual ceremony at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, at 10 a.m. to remember King and to award a local community member with the city’s MLK Humanitarian Award.

“[The award] honors somebody who has shown outstanding commitment to community service within the city,” said city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun.

The event will include a keynote speech by retired WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson and music by the Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School choir, she said.

Hands On Atlanta is organizing volunteer service projects at different locations throughout metro Atlanta in honor of MLK Day. In Buckhead, volunteers will gather at Chastain Park to spread mulch, clear overgrowth, rake leaves and clean the park and at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve to plant, remove invasive species and build a short trail, interpretive signage and an overlook of the Mill Creek plunge pool.

In Sandy Springs, volunteers will help Keep North Fulton Beautiful by shredding sensitive documents. Volunteer slots for the three service projects are full.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, will have an MLK Day celebration for kids ages 8 and younger from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Participants can make a Live the Dream wall hanging and celebrate with music, inspirational words and a presentation of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

General admission to the museum is $12.75.

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