The bustling capital of Georgia is King’s birthplace and final resting place. As such, it probably has the greatest claim to its heritage and MLK-related websites.
Many of them are located in the MLK Jr. National Historical Park in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of downtown Atlanta. Indoor tours of buildings in the park will be temporarily suspended as per CDC’s guidelines on the Covid-19 pandemic, but you can still take a self-guided outdoor tour, including the graves for MLK and Coretta Scott King.
Some of the highlights are:
Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church: MLK was baptized here and had been pastor with his father since 1960. It has been magnificently restored inside and out in the style of the 1960s and is an ideal place for prayer and quiet reflection. 407 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312; +1 404 688 7300
MLK birthplace: You can still see the exterior of the two story house MLK grew up in when Sweet Auburn was the epicenter of Afro-American life in Atlanta. 501 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312; 404 331-5190
The royal center: Coretta Scott King founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in 1968. Nearly 1 million people each year before the pandemic to learn about the public and private lives of the kings, and to pay their respects at their tombs, visited Reflective Pool and the Eternal Flame. 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312; +1 404 526 8900
Just a few miles away is the renowned Morehouse College, King’s alma mater. (In fact, MLK Jr. was one of many men from the King family who attended college there). The campus is a nice place to stroll where the young colleague went for a walk. 830 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314; +1 404 215 2608
About the photo: The residential part of the Sweet Auburn Historic District, including the house where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born, at the far right, can be seen in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.