Athens MLK Day of Service

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This day allows people across the United States to honor the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. through service. Online registration is underway.  

MLK Day of Service
In 1994, Congress made the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday an official day of service.
Athens, Georgia is one of the thousands of cities across the United States that decided to make this
"A Day On and Not a Day Off."
Join us to celebrate Dr. King's legacy at the 2017 Athens Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Kick-Off Celebration
Lay Park at 297 Hoyt St.
8:30 - 9:30 AM
The first 200 registered volunteers at the Athens MLK Day of Service Kick-off event will receive free t-shirts. A light breakfast will be served. The featured speaker will be Life the Griot,  Author, a Spoken Word Artist/ Poet, and president of a non-profit: Chess & Community Conference.


Register now to volunteer at one of 18 sites.
9:30 AM - 12 PM

The Athens MLK Day of Service Committee is currently accepting donations for the MLK Day of Service via Athens Land Trust.  All donations will be used to fund needed materials for the 2017 event.  Donate today!
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In 2014 over 800 volunteers served at 12 sites throughout Athens-Clarke County.
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Visions of MLK Art Exhibition and Saturday Celebration
Community Event: January 14, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  
Art Exhibition, Gallery Talk with Juan Logan and Youth hands-on art project: January 14, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Live Program: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Exhibition on view: January 14 - January 21, 2017

The Lyndon House Arts Center welcomes the community for an exhibition and Saturday Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The “Visions of MLK Art Exhibition; Let Us Build Bridges” will feature works by collaborative artist teams who combine poetic words and visual works to interpret and communicate powerful ideas and emotions. The exhibition and program, organized by Montu Miller, is entering its 10th year as a supporting event associated with the public initiative, “Make It A Day On, Not A Day Off Day of Service.”

This year’s exhibition theme, “Let Us Build Bridges”, focuses on building bridges between local communities through collaboration. Using art as an avenue to discuss, recognize and celebrate our differences and the need to come together.

The youth hands-on collaborative art activity is based on bridge-building activities designed by Chase Street School’s STEM teacher Chris Sugiuchi, and inspired by Montu William’s theme “Let Us Build Bridges”.  This activity will engage participants of all ages, working together as a community. 

The Saturday Celebration is an afternoon of dance, song, poetry and art. Enjoy the variety show, meet the artists, see the exhibition and take part in hands-on art activities for the whole family. This year the program is featuring Maxim Debonair, Wisexpressions Dance Studio, Life the Griot, Eric Thonnesen, Holy Divinity, Shedrick (Shed) Barnett, Think Out Of The Box Dance Crew, K. Chanta, Eric Johnson, Clarke Middle School Competitive Step Team, Robert Chatmon, The Talented Mr. Winfrey, Devas Tigerettes, Repunza, Bridgette Burton, VIP Girlz "Unity" Dance Team, Supreme XIV, The Arsonist and African Soul.  Special Performance by  Cassie Chantel.  Sountrack provided by Chief Rocka. Food provided by Damunchiezz Food Truck. 
For more information:
Event sponsored by: Lyndon House Arts Center & Athfactor Entertainment

Lyndon House Arts Center
293 Hoyt Street
Athens GA 30601
706 613 3623

New this year:

On MLK Day Holiday Monday, January 16, 2017, Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will host Athens 1st MLK Day Parade and Urban Music Festival schedule to take place in downtown Athens, Ga starting @3pm. This event is designed to celebrate justice and equality, culture and diversity, and encourage citizens to stand in solidarity.
Following the MLK Day Parade, a block party will begin where local vendors and citizens can engage and enjoy family activities. MLK Urban Fest and Parade will include: guest speakers, live performances, food vendors, (Soul, Caribbean, Latin, Asian) and much more.

Parade Route - Start 3 PM at Hull and Hancock. Walk down Hull to Clayton, turn left on Clayton to Jackson, then turn left on Jackson to Washington. The parade ends on Washington Street in front of Max Canada.

Special guests in the parade include the Atlanta Falcons' semi-professional cheerleading team, the VIP Girlz "Unity Dance" team, Chess and Community and much more.

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