MLK DaY 2018: RememberING martin


The City of Aurora, in collaboration with the Aurora MLK Committee, honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annually on his observed birthday. 

On Monday, January 15, 2018, the world honors what would have been the 89th birthday of the Drum Major for Justice. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 2 018. 

The 2018 MLK Day Celebration - REMEMBERING MARTIN - will focus on Dr. King's legacy as remembered by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Naomi King. The community-wide celebration is open to all:

Monday, January 15, 2018

6:00 p.m.

West Aurora High School | 1201 W. New York St.

MLK Flyer

2018 Day of Service abbreviated


Model Dr. King's example of service by volunteering during the 2018 MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 15, 2018.

 Sign-up at the links below to serve one of the following Aurora locations

Aurora Public Library – Santori

Aurora Public Library – Eola Branch

Aurora Public Library – West Branch

Crossroad Church

Elmwood Nursing Home

Jennings Terrace Senior Living Center

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry

SciTech Museum

Sunnymere Senior Housing

Symphony at Orchard Valley

After participating in the Day of Service, volunteers will be recognized at the Annual MLK Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at West Aurora High School, 1201 W. New York St.


Naomi KingBorn in Dothan, Alabama in 1931, Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barber King was raised by her single mother, Bessie. After moving to Atlanta in her teen years, Naomi joined Ebenezer Baptist Church and began to grow spiritually under the pastorate of Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. Naomi became friends with the King children and caught the eye of their youngest son, A. D. In 1949, King entered Spelman College, where she spent a year studying French before marrying A.D. Williams King in 1950. 1950.

King lived most of her life as a mother and First Lady. Together, she and her husband supported Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 to his fateful trip to Memphis in 1968 – and everything in between. Toward the end of the campaign in Birmingham, on May 11, 1963, a bomb destroyed the Gaston Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was staying, and another significantly destroyed the home of Naomi and A.D. King. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

This tragedy was soon followed by the death of King’s husband, A.D., in 1969; on July 21, King and her children were vacationing in Nassau when A.D. drowned in their home swimming pool but the family believed that he was murdered.

Today, she is an author and speaks out on important issues of the day. She travels all over the world empowering communities and sharing her personal stories of her life with her brother-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has published a love story of her life entitled "A D and ML King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream"