MLK parade, rally and commemorative service set in Atlanta

ATLANTA—The MLK March Committee in Atlanta will celebrate more than 40 years of preserving the history, heritage and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at its 2013 march and rally.

The slain civil rights leader would have turned 84 this January had he lived.

The parade in Atlanta, King’s birth place, will be held Monday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., starting at Peachtree and Baker streets and ending at the King national park area on Auburn Avenue, where the rally will follow. The march and parade have grown to become the largest King Holiday celebration in the country.

This year’s theme, “Keeping the Dream Alive: Continuing the Journey—The Next Movement,” encourages the nation to participate in help projects around the metro Atlanta area.

Those who want to start the holiday day early may do so at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service.

The service will be held Jan. 21, 8 a.m., at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary, 407 Auburn Ave., N.E. Limited seating will be available for the worship service, which is open to the public.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference will be the keynote speaker. The Commemorative Service also will feature a performance by acclaimed recording artist Angella Christie. On the MLK holiday, The King Center encourages the world to engage in volunteer service in tribute to the work and life of Dr. King.

To participate in the parade, call 404-614-3233 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .