To be sure, if you’re ever in Atlanta, Georgia, you must try and see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. It pretty much made our trip to Atlanta. The memorial consists of several different locations: the museum, the church, Dr. King’s birthplace, the firehouse, etc… They’re all free and easily within walking distance. You’ll probably want a good couple of hours to be able to see everything.
The path to the museum, or the “Civil Rights Walk of Fame,” consists of about twenty to thirty granite shoe prints of people who have made significant advances in fight for civil rights.
Right outside the entrance to the museum, this mural illustrates blacks’ struggle for equality in the United States.
Admission to the museum is free and very helpful in gaining a perspective of not only Martin Luther King Jr.’s life but also of the social climate for blacks pre and post civil rights movement. The museum also shows several 20 minute films which rotate throughout the day–see them–they are definitely a worthwhile experience.
Martin Luther King Jr. co-pastored Ebenezer Baptish Church with his father for many years. Dr. King’s mother was shot here while playing the piano for a church service.
The church, now part of the exhibit, is also open to the public for free touring. Recordings of Dr. King’s sermons at Ebenezer are played here throughout the day, so you can sit, listen, and feel like you were really there. Sitting here is sobering, and we couldn’t help but rejoice in seeing both blacks and whites taking in the message–Dr. King’s dream.
Dr. King’s birthplace at 501 Auburn Avenue–be sure to arrange your guided tour of the old house in advance as they do fill up pretty quickly throughout the day.
After experiencing Dr. King’s life in this way, we are so happy that things are different now–that whites and blacks live in harmony together, drink from the same drinking fountains, sit with each other at restaurants, and attend school in the same buildings. We have made great strides in equality, however, the work is not over. We pray that, with each subsequent generation, racism and hate will die out and be replaced with tolerance, understanding, and love.
Because we’re all God’s children.