NLC leaders will convene a special event at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site during the 2001 Congress of Cities to focus on NLC's ongoing agenda to ensure race equality. The gathering on Friday afternoon, December 7, will provide both an opportunity to visit this important landmark in the American civil rights movement and to once again renew city leaders' commitment to ensuring race equality.
The 2001 Congress of Cities will get underway in Atlanta on Tuesday, December 4, in conjunction with the launch of the torch run for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and conclude on Saturday, December 8, with the annual business meeting and a host city sponsored closing event. In between, the conference will offer Leadership Training Institute seminars on Tuesday and Wednesday, committee meetings on Wednesday and general sessions and workshops on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Preservation District, which was established in 1980 as a national park to commemorate the slain civil rights leader, is anchored by the home where King was born, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached and the gravesite where he is buried.
The historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King, his father and grandfather all preached, is undergoing a major renovation. The congregation now convenes for regular services in a new building -- opened in 1999 -- called the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Horizon Sanctuary. NLC's delegates will gather in that building for this special event during the Congress of Cities.
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