Long lines formed early Monday morning outside Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church with visitors from around the world along with Political, community and faith leaders as they gathered to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what would have been the civil rights icon’s 85th birthday.
Atlanta supporters joined the nation as it paused to remember King with parades, marches and service projects.
The Rev. Raphael Warnock delivered the keynote address during the commemorative Martin Luther King Jr. Day service. Andretti Ojo of Texas drove to Atlanta just for this event, stating that “it’s important to us so we can actually dedicate some time for what he’s done for our society”.
King, a civil rights icon and Atlanta native, once preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church and past events have included Dr. Cornel West, former Atlanta mayor, congressman and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, former president Bill Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as speakers.
Volunteers marked the day of service in a variety of ways across metro Atlanta.
Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless has marked the King holiday by serving meals and offering free services for more than a decade. Doors opened at the Georgia International Convention Center at 10 a.m. where volunteers served a hot meal, barber and beauty care, medical services and a phone bank. The event prepared to feed 4,000 people at the convention center and deliver another 5,000 meals.
The days events ended not just with beautiful weather but on a high note with many walking away feeling accomplished and unified.
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