Athens MLK Day of Service

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This day allows people across the United States to honor the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. through service. Online registration will open soon. 

"Visions of MLK Art Exhibition and Saturday Celebration" at Lyndon House Arts Center
The Lyndon House Arts Center welcomes the community for exhibitions and Saturday Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 13.

The Visions of MLK Art Exhibition will feature a collaborative project by youth of the Pinewoods neighborhood inspired by Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts in addition to works by collaborative artist teams who combine poetic words and visual works to interpret and communicate powerful ideas.  Also on view, in its last day, is "Connect; the Clarke County School District Student Art Exhibit" featuring art by more than 400 children living in Athens.  The youth hands on art project will take place from noon – 1:00 p.m.

Organized by Montu Miller, the live performances presented, is entering its 11th year as a supporting event associated with the public initiative, “Make It A Day On, Not A Day Off Day of Service.”  The performances will include step teams, poetry readings, song, and dance.  These special performances are scheduled for 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 706-613-3623. Lyndon House Arts Center is located at 211Hoyt Street.

Ecumenical Service 
Sunday, January 14 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: First Baptist Church of Athens located at 355 Pulaski Street

MLK Day of Service
In 1994, Congress made the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday an official day of service.
Athens, Georgia is one of the thousands of cities across the United States that decided to make this
"A Day On and Not a Day Off."

Join us to celebrate Dr. King's legacy at the 2018 Athens Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 15.

Kick-Off Celebration
Location: Clarke Central High School  
8:30 - 9:30 AM
The first 200 registered volunteers at the Athens MLK Day of Service Kick-off event will receive free t-shirts. A light breakfast will be served. 

Site Application
If you are interested in hosting a project site for the 2018 MLK Day of Service, please complete the attached application and submit to Cecile Riker at or fax at 706-613-3444 before November 17, 2017.


MLK Day of Service registration is now underway!  Register today at

The Athens MLK Day of Service Committee is currently accepting donations for the MLK Day of Service via Athens Land Trust.  All donations will be used to fund needed materials for the 2018 event.  Donate today!

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Georgia is the student-powered hunger relief program of the UGA Office of Service-Learning. Each week, students transform unused food from grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets into meals and groceries that are delivered to older adults and service agencies in Athens. Learn more at

Campus Kitchen is interested in receiving shelf-stable protein and grain donations from participants in the MLK Day of Service. 
Some examples of acceptable proteins are: 
Canned beans
Dried beans
Canned fish (tuna)
Some examples of acceptable grains are: 
Boxed pasta
Boxed rice

MLK Day Parade and Music Fest
Location:   Downtown Athens at 3:00 p.m.

Social Justice Symposium
Saturday, January 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Unitarian Universalist Church located at 780 Timothy Road
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In 2017 over 1,000 volunteers served at various sites throughout Athens-Clarke County.
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