Following the annual service, there will be a King family wreath laying on the campus of the King Center, honoring King Jr. and King Center founder Coretta Scott King.
However, the annual parade and march through the city won’t take place this year.
Some in-person opportunities exist for those wanting to continue the tradition of service and for those in need.
Hosea Helps will give away food, blankets and personal protective equipment Monday at a drive-through and walk-up event that goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Georgia World Congress Center.
Repair the World, which promotes community service, is collaborating with other Jewish groups on more than 5,000 acts of kindness in King’s memory. There are virtual events — like a discussion group on how to be a better ally — and in-person ones, such as delivering meals to people in need and planting trees with Trees Atlanta. To sign up for events, see https://werepair.org/atlanta/.
Metro Atlantans will gather at the 10th annual MLK Day Drum Run in Stone Mountain Park, but for this year’s event, participants are encouraged to stay 6 feet apart and wear masks until the run begins. The 5K run, which also features the thumps of drummers, is a fundraiser for area schools, churches and community organizations.
Another event taking pandemic precautions will be Brookhaven’s annual MLK Dinner and Program. This year’s gathering will be held outdoors. Diners will be handed their food at a designated area in the parking lot of the city’s MARTA station, so they can enjoy it in their vehicles while speakers take to a stage.
“A great part of me is sad, not being able to do some of the things we traditionally do in connecting with each other,” Bernice King said. “It feels very awkward to me. But I thank God for the gift of technology that allows us to still do something that is meaningful and, in many ways, can be impactful. I don’t know what we would do without it.”
Staff writers Ernie Suggs, Zachary Hansen and Kiersten Willis contributed to this story.
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