2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebrations and Events

By Cookie Suarez, Publisher, Macaroni Kid Buckhead-Midtown-Brookhaven & Atlanta Botanical Gardens January 8, 2021

Americans first celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Junior’s birthday (January 15) as a federal holiday in 1986. But it’s not just a day off of school! Congress also declared the third Monday in January a National Day of Service in 1994. This year we observe this special day on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Each year the President releases a proclamation about Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day. For example, said former president Obama, “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 19, 2015, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King and to visit to find Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service projects across our country.”

What kind of projects can you do? Anything! Whatever you choose to do, you are helping to honor Dr. King and his vision. The Corporation for National & Community Service recommends projects that can continue to benefit your community throughout the year and offers some ideas and tools to get you started. You can search for events in your area or register your own event so other people can find it and join you in your efforts!

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There are several activities around the Atlanta area being held to honor Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) , Jr.'s Birthday, his life, and his legacy to protect civil rights. We hope you find this guide helpful to find a great event for your family.



FREE National Parks Day

Alliance Theatre: Sit-In (Animated Stream) 

Alliance Theatre Dear Dr. King: Uncertainty in the Air

Alliance Theatre: The Palefsky Collision Project

Atlanta History Center: Martin Luther King (MLK) , Jr. Day

City of Brookhaven MLK Day 5th Anniversary Event

Children's Museum of Atlanta: Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr.’s Birthday Celebration

City of Dunwoody: MLK Day Slaute and Volunteer Day

City Springs: Martin Luther King (MLK) Day Celebration

Georgia Tech: 2021 MLK Celebration and Commemorative Event Series 

The King Center's "Love will See you Through" Virtual Book Reading

National Center for Civil Right and Human Rights: King's Beloved Community

Stone Mountain Park: MLK Day 5K Let Freedom Run

Image Credit: Cookie Suarez
Historical Sites and Museums

The King Center

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

National Day of Service Activities

Hands-on Atlanta (Various Locations)

HOSEA HELPS (Georgia World Congress Center)

United Way of Greater Atlanta 

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

We Repair the World (Various Locations)

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