The King Center: The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Events
**APRIL 4, 2018 COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS**
April 3-9, 2018
Around the world, people will reflect on their own "Mountaintop Moment" - like Dr. King’s, and depict the future as they see it from their "mountaintops." These "inspiramericals" (inspiring commercials) will be depicted through visual art, song, digital media, spoken word and more. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #MLK50Forward and #MountainMoments.
January 15-August 28, 2018
50 Acts of Service or Kindness Campaign
Cross the cultural and racial divide by participating in service projects or commit acts of kindness that have a positive impact in your communities by: Pledging to participate on your own or with an existing project or by joining the conversation by using the hashtag #MLK50Forward and #MLK50Kindness.
April 4, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize Award Ceremony
(Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Luncheon: 12 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize is The King Center's highest award presented for commitment to nonviolence as a way of life through which social justice, human rights and civil liberties are attained for all. The prize also recognizes achievements in the eradication of poverty and racism, and the successful quest for alternatives to war. Honoring Benjamin Ferencz and Bryan Stevenson.
April 4, 2018
Global Bell Ringing & Wreath Laying
(6:01 p.m. CST)
The Global Bell Ringing will begin at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and The King Center in conjunction with the rest of the world. The Wreath Laying, which will include the King Family, will take place at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King here in Atlanta, GA.
April 5 - , 2108
Beloved Community Talks: A Special 50th Anniversary Edition**
(9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Each day)
Interactive courageous conversations focused on addressing the "Triple Evils" Dr. King emphasized: poverty, racism, and war, featuring the world’s greatest public intellectuals, innovative thinkers, and global policy leaders. Featuring Dr. Bernice A. King, Mariam Wright Edelman, Dr. John A. Powell and George Lakey.
MLK50 FORWARD - NEXT GENERATION FOCUS
April 7, 2018
King Centennials Speaks
(11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
The Centennial Generation of "King Children", Miss Yolanda Renee King, Granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Miss Maryn Rippy Granddaughter of AD King, will host an event highlighting youth all over the world doing innovative and extraordinary work for humanity. The program will be co-emceed by Hudson Yang of ABC Fresh off the Boat.
April 6 - 8, 2018
Global Faith Leaders of Commemoration
A global call to faith leaders to commemorate Dr. King and his vison for change in weekend services.
April 9, 2018
March for Humanity & Love for Humanity Tribute**
(March: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Morehouse Events: 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
A March in Atlanta beginning in front of Historic Ebenezer and ending at the campus of Morehouse College followed by a Love for Humanity Tribute at Morehouse.
June 23 – 26, 2108
The King Center Impact Presentation
This multi-media Impact presentation chronicles Coretta Scott King’s vision to institutionalize Dr. King’s legacy through a living memorial. Since its inception in 1968, the King Center has made great strides towards the creation of Dr. King’s “Beloved Community”. For the first time, the true story of the evolution of The King Center will be told through documentation, testimonials, interviews, and other irrefutable evidence highlighting its impact on the community, the nation and the world. The presentation will also provide a glimpse into The King Center’s priorities for the next 50 years.
June 23 & 24, 2018
Beloved Community International Expo and Festival
The Expo is an opportunity for The King Center (TKC) to create what Dr. King called the “Beloved Community” a community where people of all races, creed, color, and nationality are living and working together in peace and harmony. Presented in collaboration with the local Consul Generals and other key partners, The Expo will transform TKC campus and adjacent streets into a world house where representatives from all seven continents will provide educational and entertaining experiences that effect their culture, language, education, politics, religion, arts, music, entertainment and humanity. For example, attendees will be taught basic words and phrases such as, hello, and how are you in different languages. Touring the countries of the world with symbolic passports, and visas where required, visitors will be able to experience how people around the world, live, work, play and eat. This exposure to other nationalities will help visitors to gain an awareness of, respect for and appreciation of other cultures. Technology will be used to complement the experience. In addition, visitors will be able to thoroughly immerse themselves in other cultures through the international community’s performing and visual art and worldly cuisine.
June 25 & 26, 2018
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Global Leadership Summit
The Summit will bring together leaders from across the world to engage in dialogue about improving diplomatic relations, easing international tensions, promoting nonviolent social change and leadership development. Scholars, educators and others will be invited to present papers on how Dr. King’s leadership has influenced Social Change nationally and internationally. There will also be a presentation on Nonviolence365 (NV365) as a means to create the Beloved Community as well as other promising practices of Nonviolent Social Change that have been employed in areas throughout America and the rest of the world.