Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Honoring the life and legacy of Atlanta’s most well-known civil rights leader.

On the third Monday in January, people across the nation come together in the spirit of civic responsibility and volunteerism to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Atlanta History Center traditionally commemorates his life by offering free admission to the public and serving up a variety of educational programs that celebrate his legacy. This year, being a responsible citizen means celebrating virtually.

In 2021, we invite you to explore the ways through which our youngest citizens blaze brave new trails towards equality. For more than a century, some of the most meaningful change our country has seen has been led by young people; and Atlanta is at the heart of that movement.

Virtual. Offerings.

Author Talk

Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life and Win The 1960 Election

In conversation with Charles Black and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. and GPB’s Virginia Prescott.

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Documentary Film Festival

The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University will host a free, four-day webinar and film festival, from the evening of January 15 through January 18, 2021.

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Educational Resources

Through digital storytelling, writing prompts, art activities, and supplemental interactives, this Civil Rights Toolkit provides something for all ages.

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Youth activism. On the blog.

“Why Not Us?” Youth Activism in the South

Children, teenagers, and young adults organized their own social justice campaigns before, during, and after those led by Dr. King. As early as the 1870s, Black students mobilized to protest educational inequalities. On our blog, Why Not Us? Youth Activism in the South, traces the impact of young citizen advocates from Reconstruction to today.

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Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

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