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A Dream Come True: Martin Luther King, Jr. Center

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A January 2009 trip to Atlanta by Wildcat Dianne

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Quote: Mom and I took another adventure to Georgia to see family, and Mom and I took a day trip to Atlanta to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and several other haunts of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Civil Rights Leader.

Martin Luther King's Birthplace

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Historic Firehouse on Auburn and Boulevard Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Here's a little trivial tidbit on Martin Luther King, Jr. Did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr. and his father's original names were Michael Luther King, Sr. and Jr.? After Junior was born in 1929, he and his father were baptised at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and their names were changed from Michael Sr. and Jr. to Martin.Mom and my final stop on the tour of Martin Luther King, Jr's life in Atlanta ended at his birthplace 501 Auburn Avenue. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in this 1895 Victorian home on January 15, 1929 and was baptised a block away at the old Ebenezer Baptist Church in February 1929. Before Martin's birth, the house belonged to his maternal grandparents, R...Read More

Martin Luther King, Jr's Tomb

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Dianne in Front of Martin Luther King's grave Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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After touring Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mom and I walked further down Auburn Avenue towards Martin Luther King, Jr's tomb. On April 4, 1968, while in Memphis, Tennessee giving a sermon to striking workers there, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray, a white supremacist who was against desegregation and Martin Luther King's activism. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he was standing outside his room at the Lorraine Hotel with Jesse Jackson and other Civil Rights activists, and one of the most moving pictures of history is the photo of Dr. King lying dead in a pool of blood while Reverend Jackson and the others point up to the location of James Earl Ray's ...Read More
BEHOLD!! Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Of course I was religious. I grew up in the church. My father is a preacher, my grandfather was a preacher, my great-grandfather was a preacher, my only brother is a preacher, my daddy's brother is a preacher. So I didn't have much choice.--Martin Luther King, Jr.After Mom and I finished touring inside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and its awesome museum, Mom and I headed outside to continue visiting Martin Luther King's neighborhood in downtown Atlanta. The park surrounding the MLK Center facing Auburn Avenue is beautifully laid out, and Mom and I enjoyed the unusually warm January weather to wander around the grounds before heading to the other sites. On the gr...Read More
The Martin Luther King Center and NPS Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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January 20, 2009 will be a great moment in American History when Barack Obama will be sworn into office as the first African-American President of the United States of America. If only Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive to see this momentous time in our history. Last summer, I wanted to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site in Atlanta, but my cousin and aunt discouraged us from going saying it was in a bad part of town. I felt it was a case of their being prejudice and left Georgia really ticked off that I didn't get to see the place. I told Mom I would take her to Georgia in January to visit the family, but we needed to visit the Martin Luther King NHS irre...Read More

The Superior Fish Company (SFC)

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Restaurant | "Lunchtime at the Superior Fish Company"

Wheat Street Baptist Church Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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After an awesome tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site, Mom and I were hungry and started to look for a place in downtown Atlanta for lunch. After not seeing any restaurants in sight, we went back to the New Ebenezer Baptist Church at the center to look inside and see if anyone recommended a place for Mom and me to have lunch. There was a Health Fair going on in the church and we got chatting with one of the ladies manning one of the local hospital booths. She recommended a place called Helen's, which had good soul food, and gave us directions to go there. But when Mom and got back on Auburn Avenue, we didn't have much luck finding Bell Street even with the help of an old ma...Read More

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