Originally created 01/17/04

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events


-The King Center has its annual Salute to Greatness awards dinner honoring U2 singer Bono and the Target Corporation at this black-tie reception. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

-Author Yolanda King will discuss and sign her book "Open My Eyes, Open My Soul" at 3 p.m. in the Buckhead Borders Books & Music in Atlanta.


-Author Christine King Farris signs "My Brother Martin: Memoirs of a Childhood With Martin Luther King," from 2 to 4 p.m. and authors Yolanda King and Elodia Tate will sign "Open My Eyes, Open My Soul," from 4 to 6 p.m. at the King Center in Atlanta. Coretta Scott King will attend both events.


-Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both King and his father preached, will have its annual commemorative service. The program includes Martin Luther King III, Gov. Sonny Perdue and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. The event will begin at 10 a.m.

-Hosea Feed the Hungry Martin Luther King Dinner, a tradition that was begun by the late civil rights activist Hosea Williams, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turner Field in Atlanta.

-A march and rally will begin at 1 p.m. on Atlanta's Peachtree Street between Baker Street and Auburn Avenue and move to the King Center on Auburn Avenue for a 1:45 p.m. rally.

-The annual march in Waynesboro to homor King will begins at Burke County Head Start Center on College Avenue at 11:30 a.m. and end at City Park on South Liberty Street.


PARADE: A Martin Luther King Jr. parade will begin at 1 p.m. today at Dyess Park, 902 Ninth St. The parade route will go south on Ninth Street, also known as James Brown Boulevard, west on Wrightsboro Road, north on Augusta Avenue, east on Laney-Walker Boulevard, north on 11th Street, then east on D'Antignac Street.

AUGUSTA MINI THEATRE: Annual salute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: What Black Folk Say About Black Folk, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. today and Sunday; Jack B. Patrick Technology Center on the campus of Augusta Technical College, 3200 Augusta Tech Drive; $10; 722-0598.

AILEY II: 7 p.m. Monday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. The ensemble from New York will perform in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, sponsored by the Augusta Ballet; $17-$40; 261-0555.

UNITY BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m. Monday; Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St., Grand Ballroom; keynote speaker Judge Robert Benham, Georgia State Supreme Court justice, of Atlanta; sponsored by the Alpha Chi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; tickets cost $20; 738-6425.

MEMORIAL OBSERVANCE: 11 a.m. Monday; Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1434 Poplar St.; guest speaker is Bishop Aaron B. Claxton, founder of Baltimore-based End-Time Ministries of Christ International; 724-1086.

ANNUAL MARCH: 11:30 a.m. Monday; Waynesboro, march begins at Burke County Head Start Center on College Avenue and ends at City Park on South Liberty Street.

PRESENTATION: Noon Monday; Aiken Technical College, U.S. Highway 1; free; (803) 593-9231.

CELEBRATION: Noon Monday; Simmon Ridge Baptist Church, 286 Center Spring Road, Edgefield; guest speaker Dr. Bobby Donaldson; music provided, refreshments served; (803) 652-3756.

KING'S DAY: Noon Monday; Old Storm Branch Baptist Church, 165 Storm Branch Road, North Augusta; keynote speaker is the Rev. Nathaniel Irvin, with emphasis on youth; Victor Key and Theodore Wills with reflections of the past; music by youth choir; prayer; (803) 279-6009.

FREEDOM FUND BANQUET: 6:30 p.m. Monday; Sheraton Augusta Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway; keynote speaker is Patsy Jo Hilliard, the mayor of East Point, Ga.; sponsored by the Augusta/Richmond County branch of the NAACP; $50; 798-2964.

ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: 6 p.m. Monday; Second Baptist Church, 425 Hampton Ave., Aiken; children, grades pre-kindergarten through 12, will recite poems and reflections about Dr. King's life. The Rev. Douglas A. Slaughter, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Aiken, will speak at the event; sponsored by the Christian Fellowship Churches of Aiken; (803) 641-6972.


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