Having lived here for over 8 years, I've seen incredible growth in the city "too busy to hate". But, we obviously have tremendous work to do as a society instilling equitable human rights and progressive policing.
Mix a violent murder with 3+ months of Coronavirus restrictions, and our country is demanding change.
With protests going strong into their second week, there's no better time to get educated on Atlanta and The Nation's Civil Rights history. My opinion is that we are on the cusp of a monumental movement and a change for the betterment of society.
In Atlanta, it is special that you can participate today in: live action, education, and implementation of a shared purpose. While many are joining protests downtown Atlanta and in the Metro, I also recommend educational components on our Nation's history. National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the many MLK Jr. sites below are a good place to start.
Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Sites
When people ask what Atlanta is famous for, the answer has to start with MLK and the Civil Rights Movement. More relevant now than ever, these sites are an important place to develop a true understanding of our country's tainted history. A visit to Martin Luther King Jr.'s numerous commemorative sites is well worth it.
These are uplifting places to visit that can provide both a foundation for many who are inadequately educated and hope for our future. Located in the historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and Sweet Auburn community, this is MLK's neighborhood and rich in Atlanta history.
With the recent protests in Minneapolis, Atlanta, and other cities around the US, we can all learn from the movement he led, the sermons he gave, and his leadership and vision of peaceful protest to effect change.
From the house he grew up in, to his pastoral home and place of worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is a great place to start your introduction to Atlanta, Georgia.
Over 500,000 people visit these sites each year, and at a time when everyone should be interested in human rights, there is much to learn here.
Information Center. This is the place to stop for a brief orientation to the historic site. See which facilities are open, how to sign up for a Birth Home tour, and the location of the nearest restroom.
MLK Birth Home - 501 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
The home is open for tours daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The first tour at 10:00 am and the last tour at 4:00 p.m. Tours are limited to 15 people. The tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. No advanced registration or phone reservations are accepted.
Ebenezer Baptist Church - 101 Jackson St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Protected by the National Park Service. Friendly & Informative Tour Guides on site.
According to the The King Center The King Library and Archives in Atlanta is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world. Go get educated and change your perspective.
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame - North of Visitors Center
One of the challenges that all burgeoning movements face is having quality leadership. We’ve certainly seen some of that leadership rise to the top in Atlanta, specifically. With passionate speeches from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and rapper/community activist Killer Mike, our future is bright.
Maybe one day there will be new Atlanta monuments constructed for our new leaders.
PS - If you want to make a day out of it, and walk the Beltline to these sites, you can start at Piedmont Park and follow these directions in our Beltline Post.