August 17

The King Centre, in collaboration with the National Park Service, Atlanta Public schools, Operation Hope, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the City of Atlanta and many others presented the Atlanta Global Freedom Exposition, in commemoration of the Martin Luther King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, on August 17, 2013. The event marked the 50th anniversary of that historic march held on August 28, 1963. It was the same march where Dr King gave his historic ‘I have a dream’ speech.

As America prepared for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s speech, Dr King’s hometown celebrated the event in its own unique way, in the form of this exposition.

On the memorable occasion, Dr Martin Luther King’s youngest daughter Dr. Bernice A King sent out an invitation to various international communities dwelling in Atlanta for participation in the grand exposition. She urged them to join her in remembering Dr King’s words and make efforts in day-to-day life to advocate his philosophy.

The commemorative expo allowed people to take open house tours of the birth place of Martin Luther King. There were several other things on the agenda such as children’s activities, storytelling, oral history recording, music performances, health and wellness education, fitness activities and more. Film presentations were also done and there was an educational exposition showing the contributions of different groups towards the accomplishment of Dr Martin Luther King’s dream. People enjoyed amazing food delicacies prepared in an ethnic food court, set up around a reflecting pool in an evening of candlelight flotilla that day.

All through the day as activities unfolded, special appearances and remarks were made by local and national dignitaries including the King Centre representatives, Georgia Congressional representatives, the Mayor of Atlanta and the National Park Service officials.

The exposition offered the citizens of Atlanta a family friendly and unique opportunity for participating in celebrations honoring Dr Martin Luther King’s great dream for America, and the entire world, right from the place where it was actually nurtured.

The Atlanta Global Freedom Exposition also threw light on several religious, financial and social organizations that had impacted the society in amazing ways, something which could be replicated in the rest of the world, in an effort to fulfil Dr Martin Luther King’s dream. The event made use of different communication resources that weren’t available back in 1963 when Dr King gave his speech. All these mediums helped to connect people throughout the world in an effort to help them share, learn and carry forward the Dr King’s views of freedom.