Martin Luther King Center, Atlanta

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449 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta (404) 526-8900

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    Center for Nonviolent Social Change

    by rexvaughan Updated Sep 25, 2004

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    Ebenezer Sanctuary

    Perhaps Atlanta's most illustrious son is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Just east of downtown on Auburn Avenue is the house where he was born; the church which his grandfather, father and he pastored; the King Center and his tomb. Visiting here you get a good look at the history of the civil rights movement and the life of Dr. King. One of the memorable quotes from the Gandhi room in the center reads, "I have nothing to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills." Looking through King's life you see how the simple belief in non-violence changed America and cost him his life. We still have distances to go, but hopefully he will always remind the world of the power of passive resistance as a force for the truth. I can't recommend the visitor's center highly enough. The displays and his speeches on the monitore are some of the most moving things I have seen. This would be at the top of my "Must See" list for Atlanta.

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    Very important and recent history - a must visit!

    by MarvintheMartian Written Dec 24, 2004

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    Entrance

    The Martin Luther King Center is a well presented documentation of the Civil Rights Movement.

    It is hard to believe now that 30-40 years ago, Americans did not live equally and that people like Martin Luther King had to really fight for his and others rights.

    The Martin Luther King Center is an inspirational place to visit - if you're in Atlanta take a morning or afternoon of your time to visit this place.

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    MLK's tomb

    by cvilla007 Written Feb 18, 2004

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    MLK laid to rest

    Atlanta is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr, the non-violent civil rights activist. He was also buried here after being assassinated in Memphis, over 30 years ago. There is a history center here & also his tomb & the "eternal flame" monument.

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    Visiting the Birthplace

    by cobrioc Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    One must-see area is the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site and Sweet Auburn District, the birthplace of King and the 1960s civil rights movement. This area, just east of downtown, is the center of Atlanta's African-American heritage. It includes King's birth home and grave, Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he worshiped and preached, and the King Center, site of MLKs white-marble memorial tomb and eternal flame.

    Don't miss the Atlanta History Center. It features three parts: the history museum, which boasts the largest U.S. collection of Civil War maps, the Tullie Smith Farm, an 1845 plantation, and the late-1920s grand Italianate Swan House.

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    An American Hero

    by lucythedog Written Apr 1, 2008

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    The King Center will bring out lots of emotion...It is a great tribute to a great American. The center really gives in depth looks at the Civil rights movement in America, racial equality and the struggle of race relations...Martin Luther King wouldve made a great President

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    Homage to M.L. K. Jr.

    by TexasDave Updated Apr 15, 2010

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    A 4-block area owned and operated by the federal government as a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. The whole area is maintained just as it was during the time he and his family lived here.
    Included in the area is the Baptist church 3 generations of his family preached in and the tombs of he and his wife.

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    For decades, Sweet Auburn was...

    by steph4867 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    For decades, Sweet Auburn was Atlanta's black downtown - a city within a city where African Americans created the institutions they were excluded from by white Atlanta. Though the construction of I-75/85 in the 1940s cut the neighborhood in half, it became the hub of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s and has remained the center of Atlanta's black life and culture. Several of the neighborhood's early 20th century churches, homes and commercial buildings are in good shape, making for an excellent walking tour. One of them houses the African American Panoramic Experience, known as APEX, which has several exhibits on the area's history and a movie about the neighborhood.

    Several blocks of Auburn Avenue have been designated part of the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site, in honor of the civil rights leader who was born here in 1929. King's birthplace is open for tours. A block west is Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached. Across the street is the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Non-Violent Change, which has a visitors' center and exhibits on the civil rights campaigner's life and work. King's tomb is on view at the site.

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    Martin Luther King Center

    by acemj Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    This is an educational community center with historical information on the great leader of the Civil Rights struggle in America. Personally, I have a great deal of respect for Dr. King and I would highly recommend this for any foreign visitor to the United States. You can learn of the struggles and even the shame of our past and it may help you understand out present and even our future.

    Dr. King is also buried here. In this picture, I'm standing in front of his grave, which is surround by a pool of water and an eternal flame.

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    The birth home of MLK, Jr.

    by acemj Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    While in Atlanta, you can also visit Dr. King's home church Ebeneezer Baptist. I went to a lively service here once and was welcomed warmly by all in attendance, including Dr. King's widow, Coretta Scott King who was there that day.

    After church, you can visit Dr. King's birth home in the Sweet Auburn community. He was born here in 1929 and lived here for twelve years.

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    The King Center

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jan 18, 2014
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    The Martin Luther King Jr. Center is worth visiting to learn about this great historical figure. You can also see the nearby birthplace and home of Dr. King on Auburn Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

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    Remembering a National Hero

    by jne7299318 Written Jan 16, 2011

    Spend a day at the Martin Luther King Center. Visit the house and street where he was born and spent the first ten years of his life. Re-live moments from the Civil Rights Era as you walk through the museum that is housed at the center. If you don't have much time to spend in Atlanta, this is a must. America would not be where it is today if it had not been for the work of this great leader.

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    MLK Center

    by dustmon Updated Jan 21, 2011

    The Center was established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King and has tours, films, exhibits and much more with all the History of Segregation Times on view.
    Right off the Interstate with easy parking nearby. Good Southern cooking restaurants nearby, too.

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic site

    by tahte Updated Jan 21, 2008
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    This was why I wanted to stay in Atlanta. Unfortunately the visitor's center was closed (December 24), but the surrounding park was open, and very peaceful and inspiring. Also, MLK's birth home, gravesite and the Ebenezer Baptist Church are just across the street.

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    Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

    by queensgirl Written Mar 10, 2005

    My favorite stop in Atlanta. This is a very important tourist attractionto me. You will find the grave for Martin Luther King plus the water fountain along with the museum displaying his life experiences. Don't forget to visit his birth home. Amazing experience. Just to warn you it is crowded and parking can be difficult.

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    by Out.in.MN Written Jan 18, 2005

    We think of the King Center as a national treasure. Please be sure to visit. Allow enough time for emotional impact.

    This site was the high point for our trip to Atlanta.

    As of Jan 18, 2005, the URL for the King center (http://thekingcenter.com) was not working. Here is an alternative: Martin Luther King Center

    As we struggle for legal equality, if we fail or forget to reach out to others then we're no better than the people who oppress us.

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