Programs/Events

Upcoming Events

Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Hotel | Atlanta

The King Center will recognize President Bill Clinton for his extraordinary work with The Clinton Foundation, including his bi-partisan efforts with the Clinton Global Initiative, by presenting him with one of the Center’s highest honors, the Salute to Greatness Award. The award is given during the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards dinner. “The dinner is our primary fundraiser and provides an opportunity for The King Center to recognize an individual and a corporation that reflect excellence in leadership and a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of my father,” stated King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King.

The 2015 corporate honoree is Kaiser Permanente. The award will be accepted by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bernard J. Tyson. Kaiser Permanente is being presented this award because of its outstanding philanthropic efforts and commitment to diversity in the workplace, including the service that their employees provide through the corporation’s Community Giving Campaign.

The King Center will also present two Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (“Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership”) Awards at the dinner. This award annually recognizes a young leader (ages 12-25) and a youth organization/initiative that exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change. The 2015 youth recipient will be 13-year old, Mr. Aidan Thomas Hornaday, founder of Aidan Cares, for his commitment to helping those in need through philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, while “teaching a generation to give,” and encouraging parents to teach their children to give. The award recipient for the youth initiative is the Tangelo Park Program, established by Mr. Harris Rosen.  The initiative was selected “…because it is one of our nation’s most dynamic and creative philanthropic projects and is a powerful example of how focusing humanitarian efforts, in a single geographic location, helps to transform lives,” stated Dr. King.

Information concerning sponsorship opportunities and tickets for the Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner is available on The King Center’s website at www.thekingcenter.org or you may call 404.526.8911 for further details. Also, please reach out to The King Center if you are interested in learning more about our educational and training initiatives.


The King Center’s 47th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service
Monday, January 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary | Atlanta

Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, the first female president of Alabama State University, will be the keynote speaker at The King Center’s 47th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service. The Service, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday anniversary and the 30thth holiday observance in his honor, will be held at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary on Monday, January 19, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Boyd’s speech at the Annual Commemorative Service will be steeped in both history and irony as the nation prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act—landmark legislation that expanded the national electorate during a time when blacks were systematically denied access to the ballot. The events in Alabama, and particularly, the cities of Selma and Montgomery (the location of Alabama State University), are forever etched in America’s memory, because they exposed Dixie’s dastardly disregard of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Alumni from the institution that Dr. Boyd attended as an undergraduate, and now leads as its chief executive, including Reverends Ralph D. Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth and Fred Reese, were with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) steering committee, which worked alongside Dr. King in planning of the 54-mile voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

Other program participants include a host of federal, state and elected officials, social change advocates, community leaders and public figures from the arts, education and the faith community. The program is televised locally every year by Fox5 Atlanta.

The King Center’s Founder, Coretta Scott King organized the first religious service commemorating Dr. King’s birthday in 1969 with the intention that it would become an annual tradition and the spiritual centerpiece of future observances of Dr. King’s birthday.

For more information, please call (404) 526-8961.