Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day In Atlanta
If you didn't know, our sister duo is broken up cross "North America". Half our content stems from Canada and the other half of it stems from Georgia.
The beauty of sharing from both places is that we get to experience aspects of culture that we otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to.
This year, that meant commemorating and writing about Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Atlanta. When first moving to the city, I made it a point to visit the museum, not because I'm partially a history buff, but because I love real stories of people making a difference.
From the moment I stepped onto the property, I could feel his energy. While the historical site had been closed due to COVID -19, I made a spontaneous Saturday walk around the MLK Jr. National Historical Park.
So many people gathered around areas of the historical site. From the peace garden that offered words of inspiration to those who walked by, to the old Ebenezer Church --- the moment was surreal.
Though originally from The Bahamas, with no true historical ties to MLK Jr. beside him writing his " I have a dream" speech on the waters in Bimini, I still have a profound appreciation for what was accomplished during his life.
As I walked the streets of these historical sites all the way to where the late visionary was born --- a large house on Auburn Street --- I was taken back in time.
Nonetheless, the area is certainly a sight to see!
Currently, the sites are closed for touring, however, on a visit to Atlanta, even driving by the area will create a cosmic reaction where you truly feel invincible.
After leaving, I believed every dream could come true, and all that was needed was a sense of peace and love for every moment of the day.
Together, in love, we can help continue this legacy.
*Photos by: Jamika Danielle
About the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
The park is spread across 38 acres in downtown Atlanta. The park features all the places where Dr. King grew up, worked, and worshipped. There is also the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame which recognizes heroes throughout history. The King Center and Tomb are located across Auburn Avenue from the National Park Service Visitor Center. Coretta Scott King chose this location for her husband’s tomb between his birth home and his spiritual home, Ebenezer Baptist Church.
The Visitor Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Freedom Hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
The birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. is open for ranger-led tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
All facilities are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
**Visit www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm for opening dates post COVID-19.