Today, April 4, 2011, you are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King Jr. as millions around the world acknowledge the 43rd assassination of Dr. King. Several events are planned, including those listed below.
1. SCLC Annual Dream Keeper’s Breakfast
Actor, comedian Bill Cosby will be the master of ceremonies to help start the day with inspiring messages in honor of Dr. King’s Dream at the Melia Hotel, 590 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. . Doors open at 7:30 am. For tickets call 404- 522- 1420.
2. The Summit on Poverty
Join Congressman John Lewis as he hosts the Summit on Poverty to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King Jr. Congressman Lewis was a close friend and associate of Dr. King, and he knew Dr. King’s true intentions of making America a harmonious place. You’re invited to join the Congressman, along with the Concerned Black Clergy, the Georgia Community Action Association and the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority, Monday, April 4, 2011 at 10 am until 12 noon at the M.L. King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change (Freedom Hall), 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30312. For more information, log onto www.facaa.org
3. King Family Wreath-laying at the Crypt
Rev. Bernice A. King and Martin Luther King III will be present for a photo opportunity only at 12 noon at the family crypt at the King Center. There will be no ceremony at this time.
4. King Center Special Observance
The SCLC will hold a special program in honor of Dr. and Mrs. King at their crypt with speeches about the contributions they both made for civil liberties. You are invited to hear more details on what motivated them at 1:30 pm.
5. Wreath-Laying at Ebenezer Baptist Church
Members of Ebenezer Baptist Church will pay a special tribute to Dr. King, one of their former pastors and speak about what his life meant to them.
6. “We are One” March and Rally
In an effort to continue Dr. King’s work towards economic empowerment, join the “We Are One” Atlanta Rally/March for Workers Rights. The march will start at the King Center and end with a mass rally at the Georgia State Capitol. Hear from national, regional and local labor leaders. More than 1,000 union members are expected to be there along with the King family.
7. SCLC Women Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards Dinner
According to those that knew Dr. King Jr. well, he wanted to be called a drum major for justice. Each year, the SCLC Women recognizes present day “Drum Majors”- individuals who have made major contributions advancing the social justice cause in their respective fields. This year’s honorees include actor, dancer, Jasmine Guy; former Georgia State Director of USDA Rural Development, Shirley Sherrod; Derek Watkins, also known as Fonzworth Bentley, host of “From G’s to Gents”; the first black all-female flight crew: Captain Rachelle Jones; First Officer, Stephanie Grant; Flight Attendant, Diana Galloway; Flight Attendant, Robin Rogers; former UN Ambassador, Andrew Young; Congressman John Lewis; Civil Rights Icon, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery; and a host of others. Join them, Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303 at 6 pm. For tickets, call 404- 584- 0303.
8. Dr. King’s Life Tour celebrated in 5 Days
Join the thought-provoking adventure around historic sites in Atlanta sponsored by the non-profit organization, Road Scholar, from April 7-11, 2011 and explore the contributions of Dr. King Jr. The tour includes a special opportunity to view Dr. King’s original papers at the Woodruff Library; comments from family members, including daughter, Bernice King and nephew, Isaac Ferris; Sunday morning service at Ebenezer Baptist church; and Dinner at the famous Paschal’s Restaurant. For more information, call 404- 505- 8188.