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MLK Day Events In Cobb

January 17 - January 21

Kennesaw State

What: A week of events and activities including a keynote speech and luncheon with Mary Frances Early, the first African American to graduate from what would become Kennesaw State University.

Where: Events are planned for both KSU campuses and in Atlanta.

When: Keynote luncheon is Thursday, Jan. 17 at noon in the Kennesaw campus’ convocation center. For a full schedule, visit ccc.kennesaw.edu/community-engagement/mlk.php.

Some events require RSVP


Turner Chapel

What: Annual MLK celebration featuring a variety of performances and presentation of the “Living the Dream” award by the Cobb branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to a community member who demonstrates leadership and commitment to making Cobb more diverse and inclusive.

Where: Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway NE in Marietta.

When: Monday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.

Ministerial Alliance Gala

What: The Cobb Ministerial Alliance will host a black tie ball and awards ceremony for community leaders. The keynote speech will be delivered by Rev. Timothy McDonald of First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, and among the honorees will be C.T. Vivian, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who worked alongside King.

Where: Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria, 200 Interstate North Parkway, SE in Atlanta

When: Sunday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m.

More info: Tickets are $50; tables are $500 and seat 10. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cobbma.org

SCLC Parade

What: The Cobb branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition will host a parade featuring motorcyclists through Marietta and to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which King once pastored. Lunch will follow, and all riders are welcome to join.

Where: Participants will gather at Lockheed Credit Union, 430 Commerce Park Drive SE in Marietta, then ride to Marietta Square and continue to Atlanta.

When: Monday, Jan. 21. Participants begin lining up at noon, and the parade steps off at 1 p.m.

Cobb Libraries

What: Cobb’s libraries will host several free events honoring MLK Day for children and adults, including special King-themed story times for kids and screenings of films including 2014’s “Selma.”

Where: Various library branches

When: For a list of events and schedule, visit www.cobbcat.org/events/list