"Through his life and work, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made America more just and free", White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said.
The events, hosted by the Center for Multicultural and International Engagement , will begin at 10:10 a.m. with a chapel talk by Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs Executive Director Andrew Williams.
The event is a collaboration of that office and the PSU Black Student Association.
The law creates the first national historic park in the state of Georgia.
Immediately following the program, attendees are invited to participate in the annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) March, sponsored by the Hickory Branch of the NAACP. Organizations collaborating with the Volunteer Center to offer service projects on the Holiday include the Digital Nest, Ecology Action, Evergreen Historical Cemetery, Homeless Garden Project, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Meal on Wheels, and Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary.
Baker said King was a friend to native peoples. This year it falls on King's 89th birthday, January 15.
At 10 a.m. the parade will proceed throughout downtown McDonough and back to the PAC, where the annual M.L. King, Jr.
Featuring kid-friendly workshops and engaging activities for preschool to middle school-aged children, this year's celebration will focus on the many ways children were part of the civil rights struggle and the power of children today to help change the world for the better.
From noon to 1 p.m., a student-faculty panel will discuss "Inclusivity and Excellence in the Classroom" in the the Valhalla Room in Buntrock Commons.