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January 7, 2012
Community to benefit from Day of Service By Jennifer Ffrench Parker
A lot of work is going to get done on Jan. 16 – all in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students from Georgia Perimeter College and Youth Leaders and other volunteers from Hands on Atlanta will be doing everything from picking up litter, clearing brush from gardens, installing a community garden, handing out recycling information, labeling sewer drains, packaging food for refugees, installing fences, and landscaping and painting classrooms at a number of DeKalb schools. They also will weed cemeteries and clean a horse barn and park trails. For their second annual Day of Service, themed “Beyond the Dream – Become Great: Serve,” Georgia Perimeter students and faculty will work on a dozen volunteer projects in Decatur, Lithonia, Clarkston and Dunwoody and in Henry and Newton counties. The projects include removing bottles, plastics and glass from Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and cleaning up the AWARE Wildlife Center in Lithonia, cleaning up a food bank at the Clarkston Community Center, clearing underbrush at Wonderland Gardens, building a community garden at DeKalb Academy of Technology and Envi- Georgia Perimeter College students clear debris at Arabia Mountain on the Day of Service last year. They will tackle a dozen projects on Jan. 16. ronment, clearing vines from a historic cemetery maintained by the Flat Rock Archives, and performing trail maintenance at Panola State Mountain Park. Kickoff rallies begin at 7:30 a.m. at Georgia Perimeter’s Clarkston, Dunwoody and Newton campuses with free breakfast and T-shirts. At 9 a.m., the college will transport volunteers to their service projects in the community. Register at www.gpc.edu/mlk by Jan. 12. For more information, call Angela AveryJones at 678-891-3227.
Hands on Atlanta projects DeKalb residents can join Hands on Atlanta in painting, landscaping, building benches and carrying out other volunteer projects in DeKalb schools and communities on King Day. The 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will celebrate the power of individuals engaged in a worldwide struggle for peace, reconciliation, justice, and social and economic equity. Hands on Atlanta is partnering with the Atlanta-based King Center for Nonviolent Social Change on its Day of Service that honors the life and legacy of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King.
Volunteers take on the Carver Boys & Girls Club as a service project in 2011. Hands on Atlanta has a goal of 3,000 volunteers this year.
Service projects range from painting murals, landscaping and cleaning school grounds and building and installing benches at DeKalb locations like Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve in Lithonia, Allgood Elementary School in Stone Mountain, the International Community School in Avondale Estates, Mount Carmel Christian School in Stone Mountain, Snapfinger Elementary
Work at the Boys & Girls Club included painting and cleaning. Volunteer opportunities are available in DeKalb and neighboring counties.
School in Decatur, Stone Mountain Middle School in Stone Mountain, and Sustaining Urban Villages Inc. in Clarkston. Hands on Atlanta’s goal is to rally 3,000 volunteers, which will yield more than 10,000 hours of service to Atlanta’s communities. Each project begins at 9 a.m. and lasts for four hours. The event also will mark the inaugura-
tion of Hands on Atlanta’s Civic Leadership Program, a grant competition to equip civic leaders to create and execute innovative, ongoing and volunteer-driven initiatives to alleviate local poverty. For more information or to register for a project, visit www.handsonatlanta.org or call 404-979-2800. Carla Parker contributed to this story.
Celebrating the Dreamer! Come march with me at the DeKalb NAACP's 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Rally on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Stone Mountain. We will honor Dr. King and I will humbly serve as Grand Marshal.
Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson 4th Congressional District Paid for by the Committee to Re-elect Henry “Hank” Johnson
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere...Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” A King Celebration Concert 20th Anniversary, with cellist YoYo Ma, takes place Jan. 12 at Atlanta Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to perform Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform at the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 12. A King Celebration Concert 20th Anniversary takes place at 8 p.m. with Robert Spano conducting. Yo-Yo Ma, whose body of work encompasses more than 75 albums, including more than 15 Grammy Award winners, was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors awards in December along with Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Sonny Rollins and Neil Diamond. His recordings include “Hush” with Bobby McFerrin, “Appalachia Waltz” and “Appalachian Journey” with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer, and three albums with the Silk Road Ensemble. His new album, “The Goat Rodeo Ses-
sions,” with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, was released last October. To commemorate his 30 years as a Sony recording artist, Sony released a box set of more than 90 of his albums. Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age 4 and moved with his family to New York shortly after. He attended the Juilliard School and Harvard University. A King Celebration, which is usually performed annually at Morehouse College, King’s alma mater, takes place for the first time at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. Tickets are $55 to $125. To purchase, visit www.atlantasymphony .org/ConcertsAndTickets/Schedule.aspx or call 404-733-4303.
DeKalb NAACP celebrates Kin
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson and DeKalb Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson will be the grand marshals of the DeKalb NAACP’s Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Rally in Stone Mountain. They will lead hundreds of adults and children, representing civic, political, business, school, social and fraternity organizations, through the streets of the city of Stone Mountain in the annual parade, which is in its 10th year. Participants will march, dance and strut to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights icon. The parade will take off from the MARTA parking lot on Fourth Street. Parade organizer Sarah Copelin-Wood says marchers should gather at 11:30 a.m. for the parade, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Marching bands from Cedar Grove, Clarkston, Martin Luther King Jr., McNair and Stone Mountain high schools will participate. The Cedar Grove High ROTC will carry the parade banner and present the colors at the rally after the parade. The annual parade celebrates the life of the late civil rights leader. Copelin-Wood, who is also the DeKalb District 3 School
A hand like this.
It took a skillful hand like this to draft the plans of our nation’s capital city. It was a visionary hand like this which pointed out the moral superiority of a way based on character and not color. It was a thorough, good hand like this that championed our rights before the U.S. Supreme Court. It took millions of laboring hands like this to build the wealth and infrastructure of this mighty country. And it was a raised hand like this that was sworn in and gave kids of all complexions and cultures the legitimacy to believe they can achieve anything. In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Georgia Power takes pride in celebrating the countless hands like this which have worked to uplift us all. We’ve got to hand it to you.
Board member, said participants are encouraged to carry banners celebrating King’s legacy. King, a Baptist pastor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is the most well-known leader of African-Americans’ struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. He would have been 83 years old on Jan. 15. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.,
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Participants are encouraged to carry banners at the Jan. 16 parade in the city of Stone Mountain. The parade starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by a rally.
at the age of 39. He was in Memphis to support a march of sanitation workers who were protesting unequal wages and working conditions. Today, 50 states and 100 countries worldwide celebrate his birthday. The NAACP marches in Stone Mountain because in his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, King said: “Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom
ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!” The rally begins immediately following the parade in the Champion Middle School gym, 5265 Mimosa Drive in Stone Mountain. Copelin-Wood says volunteers and paraders are needed. She said there is no registration for paraders. They just need to show up at 11:30 a.m. and get in the queue.
For the first time this year, the parade has an expense. Copelin-Wood said the city of Stone Mountain charged the NAACP $469 to cover overtime for officers working the parade. To volunteer or donate to help defray parade expenses, e-mail Copelin-Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-371-1490.
Pastor, author and racial, economic and social justice champion Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III will be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service. Haynes is the senior pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. The 10 a.m. service will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Horizon Sanctuary in Frederick Haynes Atlanta. It will feature tributes to King from national and international leaders. The service is free and open to the public. Seating inside the sanctuary is limited, but a 12-by-19-foot JumboTron will broadcast the service in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site’s Rose Garden for visitors to the Historic District. After the service, a march will take place on Auburn Avenue from Peachtree Street to Jackson Street. It will end in a rally in the King National Park Area on Auburn. The march and rally will focus on education, technology, medical, investment, transportation, housing, environmental justice, job creation, conflict resolution, interfaith, cultural exchange, peace, justice, and voter registration issues. Ebenezer Baptist Church is at 407 Auburn Ave. N.E. For more information, contact Barbara Harrison at 404-526-8911 or email@example.com. To participate in the march, call 404-614-3233 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
One person’s vision can change how we see the world
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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Conversation with poet at Emory Poet and playwright 25th anniversary of Eugene B. Redmond will his influential study, headline Conversation “Drumvoices: The Mis& Poetry on Jan. 15 at sion of Afro-American Emory University. Poetry, A Critical HisThe conversation at tory (1976).” 3 p.m. takes place in the The survey of poJones Room in the Robetry from 1746 to 1976 ert Woodruff Library. took him eight years to The event is part research. It explores the of the college’s annual “complex web of beKing Celebration, taking liefs, customs, traditions place Jan. 15-24. and significant practices Redmond, who is that tie diasporan black also a critic, editor, educultures to their African cator and important origins.” figure in the 1960s black Conversations is arts movement, was sponsored by Emory’s born in St, Louis and Manuscript, Archives Eugene B. Redmond will appear at orphaned at age 9. He and Rare Books Library. Emory University on Jan. 15. was raised by his grandFor the address and mother and “neighborhood fathers.” directions, visit http://web.library.emory Redmond’s appearance celebrates the .edu/about/location/directions.
‘Live the Dream’ project at kids museum Kids can make “Live the Dream” wall hangings on Jan. 16 at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The event starts at 10:30 a.m., and children can use their hangings as a daily reminder of the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther
Chamblee High alumna Angelica Hairston, a freshman at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, will perform a solo with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra King Day program.
Harpist to perform in Tenn. Teen harpist Angelica Hairston will perform a solo with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra King Day program at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Jan. 15. “Let Freedom Sing,” a Nashville Symphony tradition since 1994, is presented the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day to commemorate the achievements of the civil rights movement. King’s birthday will be celebrated nationwide on Jan. 16 this year. “Let Freedom Sing” mixes classical music, spirituals and songs celebrating the
triumph of the human spirit. Angelica, who is a graduate of Chamblee High School, will perform the first movement of “Ennanga,” for harp, piano and orchestra by African-American composer William Grant Still. She recently performed “Ennanga” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2011 National Black Arts Festival. Angelica is a freshman at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, majoring in harp performance. She is a former member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the ASO Talent Development Program.
Emory students to plant trees in King District Emory students will be “Remembering Martin Luther King Through Service” on Jan. 16. Volunteers will plant trees from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District in cooperation with Trees Atlanta. Emory’s Day On is sponsored by Volunteer Emory, the Division of Campus
Life and the Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Pre-registration is required by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 404-7276268. To register to volunteer at other community service sites around the city, contact Rachel Cawkwell at rachel.cawkwell@emory .edu.
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King Jr. The museum’s “The Birth of the Dream” is celebrating his birthday and the holiday. The museum is at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive N.W. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-659-5437.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By the Numbers
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s age, if he were alive today
the January date on which King was born in 1929
number of states that observe King’s birthday
number of countries that celebrate King’s birthday
the height, in feet, of King’s sculpture in Washington, D.C.
the length of the memorial behind the King statue, in feet
the number of King’s quotes etched in the memorial
the number of years it took to build the King Memorial