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Atlanta Church Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech while leading the 1963 March on Washington, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Posted at 9:06 PM, Jan 17, 2022

The country is commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Weather conditions and COVID-19 have made some organizations modify their plans but events are still happening.Monday, hundreds of people marched several blocks down Auburn Avenue in Atlanta to the Martin Luther King Center — those groups calling for voting rights. It's a theme we've heard mimicked throughout the lead up to MLK day.The King Center was founded by Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife and fellow civil rights activist Coretta Scott King.Dr. Bernice King runs the King Center and she's also the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.In a Facebook post last month, she called on lawmakers to reconsider taking the holiday off and instead end the filibuster and pass the voting rights bill.To further celebrate the holiday, the King Center held a voter registration drive, a clothing drive for the homeless and a ceremony that featured Vice President Kamala Harris virtually addressing the crowd. A crowd that was reduced this year due to the pandemic.