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Atlanta VA Medical Center Celebrates MLK Day

Brick sign stating: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Preservation District

The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site where visitors can learn about Dr. King’s life and his influence on others.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Monday, January 20, 2014

Just over ten miles from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Atlanta VA Medical Center is holding special activities this month to honor and celebrate his legacy.

According to Tiffany L. Marshall, “Dr. King was a dedicated servant to humanity and his life is remembered as one of service. In that same spirit, the Atlanta VAMC conducted a coat drive for homeless Veterans.

“While the temperatures were freezing outside with record lows, we took that opportunity to warm a heart and a body through an act of service.

“There were several boxes placed around the Medical Center and at our Community Based Outpatient Clinics. At the end of our drive, our boxes were over-flowing with coats and other cold weather items.”

Marshall is the Equal Employment Opportunity Manager at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

 Dr. King was a dedicated servant to humanity and his life is remembered as one of service. 

“Our employees are here to serve.”

On Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be another colorful activity in Dr. King’s memory when 50 new trees will be planted around the medical center’s new parking deck.

Trees Atlanta received a grant from Home Depot to beautify government agencies in the area.

As Marshall explains, “With the growing number of Veterans we serve, parking is always a challenge. With the need to place a new parking deck in front of our facility, we solved the parking problem and lost all curb appeal.”

“Thanks to Greg Levine and Trees Atlanta, we hope to change that. On January 20, Veterans, staff and even Mrs. Georgia Globe, will be out to assist in the planting of 50 trees.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged people from all walks of life to come together in service to others,“ she adds. ”I can say with certainty and pride that our employees are here to serve those who have selflessly given of themselves to serve a greater purpose.”

Yellow single family home

Dr. King’s Birth Home

Activities at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

On Monday, January 20, 2014, the National Park Service, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site will have an open house of Dr. King’s Birth Home with extended visitation hours until 6:00 p.m. All events are free of charge and open to the public.

This program is part of a year-long series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

For more information on this and upcoming events at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, visit www.nps.gov/malu.