Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo is public domain)

by Robin Kemp

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and due to COVID-19, many of the usual local parades and events have been cancelled this year. However, there are some alternatives honoring the nation’s top civil rights leader.

  • The annual service from Ebenezer Baptist Church in downtown Atlanta will be livestreamed on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. and broadcast on Fox 5 Atlanta. Bishop T.D. Jakes and Senator-elect Rev. Raphael Warnock will deliver remarks.
  • Alfred and Cam Dixon are inviting all kids who write down their dreams for 2021 for free ice cream at the Keystone Apartments, 145 S. McDonough St., Jonesboro at 11 a.m. (Wear your mask and practice social distancing.)
  • Elevate Lovejoy is holding a 100% socially distant winter clothing drive. The group is seeking coats, hoodies, beanies/skullcaps, gloves, scarves, jackets, socks, and sweaters. Drop off items in the designated drop box on the porch at 11629 Hastings Bridge Road, Lovejoy. The clothes will go to the Lovejoy High School clothing closet and the Elevate Lovejoy clothing closet.
  • Hosea Helps is holding a drive-through/walk-up event in front of the World Congress Center in Atlanta from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. instead of the traditional sit-down meal and personal grooming events. Food boxes, produce, blankets, bundles, and safety items will be distributed. To volunteer or donate, visit 4hosea.org.

Let us know of any other MLK events or service projects today and we’ll add them.