All over the world and especially here in Atlanta, people of all creeds and color will be celebrating the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. There are several local events to participate in. Here are a few we have gathered for your convenience:

MLK March Committee Annual Youth Conference

Jan. 13 | IBEW Auditorium

MLK March committee Annual Youth Conference is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a free event, but attendants have been asked to register via email t0  emtay08@gmail.com. 501 Pulliam St. SE, Atlanta

The King Center Salute to Greatness

Jan.13 | Hyatt Regency Atlanta

The Salute Greatness Awards are presented by the King Center to individuals and organizations that exemplify excellent leadership and commitment to the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 6:00 AM. 265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta

We’ve Got Next: Turning Readers into Leaders — A Children’s Book Event

JAN. 14 | The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Join The King Center as we empower and engage young people to become next-generation leaders! The We’ve Got Next: Turning Readers into Leaders Children’s Book Event is designed to encourage youth, especially ages 8-12, to read in order to be inspired to lead. This interactive book event will feature book readings, interactive activities, and a book drive. During the event, there will be an opportunity to collect new and used books of all languages to send to those affected by hurricanes and the homeless community. 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta

Feed The Homeless Walk

Jan. 14 | Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site & Visitors Center

Start the new year off right and join Hands Across Atlanta on a walk through the city’s parks. We will be meeting in the parking lot of MLK Center at 1 p.m. and starting our walk to serve our community at 1:15 p.m. Spread the word and bring anything you can contribute: warm winter items, food, hygiene products, etc. 450 Auburn Ave, Atlanta

MLK Race for the Dream Marathon & Half Marathon

Jan. 14 | Booker T. Washington HS

Our nonprofit plan has two objectives, we are going to own/centralize the major national events occurring during the MLK Weekend Nationally, with one outcome, and we are going to promote economic growth within our community. We will accomplish these objectives in three phases beginning the weekend of 12 Jan 2018. Phase one involves the initiating the following events: MLK Weekend Mixer, MLK Marathon, Half Marathon, Bike Tour and Health & Fitness Expo. General Admission: $45-85. 45 Whitehouse Drive, Atlanta

MLK Day Commemorative Services

JAN. 15 | The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service is the hallmark of the King Holiday Observance. The church service is held on the Federal Holiday at Ebenezer Baptist Church located near The King Center. The service is an ecumenical endeavor, engaging members of various religious traditions, and state national and international governments. On this day The King Center encourages the world to engage in volunteer service in tribute to the work and life of Dr. King. 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta

MLK Day 5K Drum Run

Jan. 15 | Piedmont Park

Gathering the diverse groups in our beloved community to celebrate Martin Luther King Day in the spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood with fellowship and fitness. This 5K walk/run will take place entirely in Piedmont Park (Start & finish at 10th near Park Tavern.) The USATF certified race course and Peachtree Road Race qualifier will be run on grass, road, gravel, wooden bridge and dirt paths through the Park. We will have a 3.1-mile drumline all along the race course. This 5K will have a vibe like no race ever run. The party starts at 8 a.m. 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta

MLK Day March and Rally

Jan. 15 | Peachtree St. and Baker St.

The MLK March and Rally will begin at Peachtree Street and Baker Street (Xernona Clayton Way). Assembly time is 1:15 pm. The March & Rally is at 1:45 pm.

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