How to serve on MLK Day while quarantining at home

Serving on Martin Luther King Day 2021 may look and feel different this year.

ATLANTA (CBS46) -- The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ("MLK Day") is around the corner and many organizations and businesses around the metro-Atlanta area are doing what they can to celebrate and serve. 


  • King Holiday Observance 
    • Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a virtual series on nonviolence, youth summits, service projects and more. Jan. 10-17.
  • Hosea Helps Free Food distribution
    • Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hosea Headquarters
    • 2545 Forrest Hills Drive SW 
    • More information: 404-755-3353
  • Braves Food Distribution
    • Jan. 14 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy 
    • To donate, click here
  • Atlanta Hawks MLK Day game
    • 6 p.m. Jan. 17
    • Unveiling of MLK Wall, performance by CONTAGIOUS!, pre-game panel titled "Advancing the Legacy: Chasing the Dream"
    • Click here for tickets
  • AKA Health Screening Event 
    • Jan. 15 and Jan. 17 at St. Philip AMEC in Atlanta from 8:00am-5:00pm
    • FREE mammograms, COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, testing and flu shots 
    • To register for a mammogram: click here.
  • Morehouse College 
    • Virtual screenings of "No Time to Waste: The Yrgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin" Jan. 17-23.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Virtual Vesper Hour
    • The Rev. Dr. Starsky D. Wilson will speak during the Virtual Vesper Hour at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Open to the Atlanta University Center Consortium and wider Atlanta community.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Lecture and Conversation
    • “Building the Beloved Community: The Struggle for Justice in Our Time” will be the topic with speakers former Attorney General Eric Holder and Dr. Carol Anderson, Rev. James Woodall, Dr. David Wall Rice at 6 p.m. Jan. 27.
  • Book Talk
    • "Reclaiming the Great World House: The Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr." will be discussed at 6 p.m. Jan. 30. Join the volume editors, Dr. Vicki Crawford, director, Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and professor of Africana studies, and Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin, professor emeritus of religious studies, Vanderbilt University as they discuss themes from their book with chapter authors: Dr. Crystal de Gregory, research, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation; Dr. Hak Joon Lee, Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Larry Rivers, professor of history, State University of West Georgia


  • MLK Day Dinner and Program -- POSTPONED UNTIL FEB. 26 
    • Jan. 17 in Apple Valley Road parking lot of Brookhaven MARTA station at 1268 Apple Valley Road NE
    • Starts at 5:30 p.m. 
    • Tickets: $10 each
    • To purchase: 404-637-054


  • 4th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
    •   Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jefferson Park Recreation Center
    •   Free admission, free food bags and hot meals, PPE swag bags, at-home COVID test kits. There will also be a downtown cleanup from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
    •   Click here for more information. 


  • Day of Celebration and Service
    • Jan. 17 at Acworth Community Center at 4361 Cherokee Street 
    • Starts with breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
    • More information: 770-917-1234


  • MLK Day 5K Freedom Run 
    • Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. 
    • Walk or run this 5K to celebrate the spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood with fellowship and fitness.
    • Music starts at 8 a.m.
    • Tickets: $30
    • More information: click here


  • MLK Day Parade
    • Jan 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Gwinnett Justice Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville
    • Free admission
    • More information: click here


  • Prayer Breakfast and Parade, peace march, and youth celebration 
    • Jan. 15 to Jan. 17 at Henry County Performing Art Center Lot at 37 Lemon Street 
    • More information: click here


  • MLK Day Parade on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

For additional MLK Day options and ways you can serve this year, click here.

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