● Kennesaw State University: Nikki Giovanni will speak at 2 p.m. at the university’s MLK Day event at Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center. Giovanni, a poet, activist and educator, will have a book signing from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. There is no admission fee.
● Cobb County’s 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Free and open to the public. “The Dream, the Life, the Legacy” is sponsored by Cobb County NAACP. 10 a.m. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-425-5757, www.cobbnaacp.org.
● Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell. Info: Michael Murphy, 404-791-0207.
● Sandy Springs will celebrate the King holiday with a community celebration at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road. The event will feature music, a keynote address by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold D. Melton and presentation of the 2012 Humanitarian Award. Information: www.sandyspringsga.gov.
● Multifaith worship service and candlelight vigil, 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive S.W. Info: 404-215-2608.
● “A Balm in Gilead,” 5 p.m. Combines music, dance and storytelling in order to reconstruct the two turbulent months that transformed the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike of 1968, which became the setting of King’s assassination. Free; donations accepted. Wheat Street Baptist Church, 359 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-659-4328, wheatstreet.org.
● Tree-planting from 9 a.m. to noon at South-View Cemetery, 1990 Jonesboro Road S.E. Volunteers needed.
● Martin Luther King Jr. annual Commemorative Service at 10 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. Info: Barbara Harrison, 404-526-8911, programs@theking center.org.
● MLK Jr. Day of Service sponsored by Hands on Atlanta. Volunteer for community service projects. Info: 404-979-2800, www.handsonatlanta.org.
● King holiday march and rally at 1:15 p.m. at Sweet Auburn District, Auburn Avenue, Atlanta. Info: 404-614-3233, www.mlkmarchaaar.org.
● The Alliance Theatre will present two free readings of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness,” an original script by Atlanta author and playwright Pearl Cleage. Readings at 1 and 3 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. RSVP: 404-733-4749, firstname.lastname@example.org.
● Decatur’s 10th annual MLK Jr. Service Day. Volunteers needed for Sunday and Monday to work on homes of low-income seniors. Info: Lee Ann Harvey, 678-553-6548 or leeann.harvey @decaturga.com.
● “A King Celebration Musical: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at 5 p.m. Free. New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church, 923 Valley Brook Road, Decatur. Info: 404-508-1400, www.new beginningfgbc.com.
● DeKalb NAACP’s 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Peace Rally, 12:30 p.m. in Stone Mountain. Parade starts at 922 Main St.
● MLK day of service at 9 a.m. Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston. 404-501-0107, www.clarkstoncommunity center.org
● Fayetteville Martin Luther King Jr. parade from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., starting at Fayette County High School. An hourlong program follows at noon at Sams Auditorium, 205 LaFayette Drive. Info: www.fcnaacp.org.