​Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This is just one of the many intelligent, inspiring quotes from a renowned leader of the Civil Rights Movement. And, while Dr. King is no longer with us, his legacy lives on today. We foster the ideals he preached as we continue to work toward peace and justice.

The life and work of Martin Luther King is celebrated on the third Monday of every January, honoring his birthday, January 15. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been an official U.S. federal holiday since 1986. Here a couple ways you can pay homage to Dr. King this year.

17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration & Parade

The United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. will host the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2017 in Lawrenceville, GA. This year's theme is “Striving for Excellence: Awareness, Education and Community Service."

Frances E. Davis, MBA, PH.D. will serve as the 2017 parade marshal. Dr. Frances Davis has spent much of her career inspiring and helping children. She has received numerous honors for her professional achievements, including Top Ten Most Influential Women in Gwinnett County by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2007) and the Annual Community Leadership Award from the United Ebony Society (2007).

In previous years, the parade has featured the Central Gwinnett-Lawrenceville Black Knight Band, Alpha Knight Gamma various step groups and more. We're certain this year's parade and celebration won't disappoint.


What better way to celebrate one of the greatest Americans than by attending a show dedicated to part of his story? "THE MOUNTAINTOP re-imagines Dr. King’s last night on earth. This magical encounter filled with humor and history informs his destiny and legacy."

Aurora Theatre co-founder and producing artistic director, Anthony Rodriguez, explained that, “Working on THE MOUNTAINTOP has been an extremely emotional and fulfilling experience. This powerful production will allow our audiences to look closer at the life, dreams and aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Rodriguez feels that there's, "Little wonder that we celebrate his many contributions to mankind, but I think we often forget that his ideas were not simply about Black and White. His love for all humanity was evident and through his speeches he asked us to lead from a place of love and kindness. He wanted that love and kindness to fuel how we treat one another, how we listen with respect for each other and how to disagree peacefully. This was critical to the health of American society throughout the civil rights era. I believe these ideas are just as important today.”

THE MOUNTAINTOP kicks off January 12 and runs through February 12, so be sure to catch a performance before it's gone.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, take a moment to remember and recognize the influential and important work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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