The nation will pause to remember Martin Luther King Jr. with parades, marches and service projects.
King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January. In Atlanta, a service was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was pastor.
The keynote speaker was Rev. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor Ebenezer Church.
Hundreds of volunteers will serve as many as 10,000 hungry and homeless Atlantans on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless will host the 44th annual Martin Luther King Holiday Dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. The event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center, located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA 30337.
Hands On Atlanta mobilized more than 3,000 volunteers in service to local communities, schools and nonprofits in celebration of Dr. King. Organized in partnership with The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the event brings together the community through volunteer service.
Volunteers participated in more than 60 projects focused on two primary community needs: poverty alleviation and the beautification of Civil Rights historic sites and sites dedicated to Civil Rights leaders.
The King Week Holiday March and Rally will be held from 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The march will began at Peachtree Street at Baker Street and will end with a rally on Auburn Avenue in the King National Park Area.
The Cobb NAACP and Cobb County held an observance at the Cobb Civic Center at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m., the Cobb SCLC will conduct its annual parade, which begins at the Lockheed Credit Union on Fairground Street, turns left on Roswell Street and ends at Marietta Square, where there will be a brief program.
In Memphis, Tenn., where King was assassinated, an audio recording of an interview with King will be played at the National Civil Rights Museum. The recording sheds new light on a phone call President John F. Kennedy made to King's wife more than 50 years ago.
Historians generally agree Kennedy's phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband's arrest in October 1960 -- and Robert Kennedy's work behind the scenes to get King released -- helped JFK win the White House.
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