Dr. Bernice A. King, stated, “…with the current polarized climate, it is my hope that this King Holiday will provide an opportunity for people to commit to working toward the Beloved Community…”
January 11, 2018
The King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King announces plans for the 2018 commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The seven-day King Holiday Observance includes a broad range of unique educational programs, activities, and events beginning Tuesday, January 9th, and concluding on Monday, January 15, the 32nd Anniversary of the King Holiday.
The King Center invites the public to participate in a variety of activities that reflect the spirit of inclusion, service, and brotherly love that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. promulgated. The theme for this year’s commemoration is King: His Voice, His teachings, His Love for Humanity. This theme underscores Dr. King’s commitment to spreading love and peace amongst all of humanity even through the most trying times. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional sentimentalism. It is the active pouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.”
The week’s first event took place on Tuesday the 9th and was the Kick-Off Reception and Chef’s Showcase, it featured renowned culinary masters Chef Daniel Thomas former chef for the President and US Senators, and Chef Samuel Simmons of Showcase Food Gallery. Sweet Georgia Juke Joint joined the evening with some of their signature dishes as well. This event was free and open to the public. The reception took place on January 9, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The City of Atlanta’s new Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center.
This year’s Kick-off Reception included the presentation of the Dream Forward Community Service Awards. These awards celebrate individuals and entities that have supported The King Center and have had a positive impact on the community through the philosophy and methodology of Dr. King. This year’s recipients received the passing of the torch from last year’s honorees. In the area of Media, the historic Atlanta Daily World honored in the area of…