Georgia’s bustling capital is King’s birthplace and final resting place. As such, he probably has the greatest claim to his heritage and MLK-related sites.
Many of them are clustered at MLK Jr. National Historic Park in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of downtown Atlanta. Interior tours of park buildings are temporarily suspended in accordance with CDC guidelines on the Covid-19 pandemic, but you are still free to take a self-guided exterior tour, including the graves of MLK and Coretta Scott King.
Some of the highlights include:
Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church: This is where MLK was baptized and where he co-pastored with his father from 1960. It has been beautifully restored inside and out to as it was in the 1960s and is an ideal place for prayer and quiet reflection. 407 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312; +1 404 688 7300
MLK birth house: You can still see the exterior of the two-story house where MLK was raised, when Sweet Auburn was the epicenter of African-American life in Atlanta. 501 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312; +1 404 331-5190
The King Center: Coretta Scott King established the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in 1968. Nearly one million people visited each year before the pandemic to learn about the public and private lives of kings and to give back tribute to their tombs, the water mirror and the eternal flame. 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312; +1 404 526 8900
A few miles away, the prestigious Morehouse College is King’s alma mater. (In fact, MLK Jr. was one of many King family men to attend college there). The campus grounds are a nice place to walk where the college kid walked. 830 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314; +1 404 215 2608
About the picture: The residential portion of the historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood, including the home where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was born, rear right, is seen Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Atlanta.