The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”), established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.
Recently, the King Center and the National Park Service have announced a partnership for a global observance of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the 1963 March on Washington. The plans include a series of events during the next year, culminating in a celebration beginning August 24, 2013, and concluding on August 28, 2013, with commemorative events at both the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. As additional details are finalized, more information will be posted at www.thekingcenter.org.
10 reasons to visit the MLK Center
1.The National Parks Service:
Serves as the District’s lead entity when it comes to tours and historic interpretation, which it carries out by operating Dr. King’s birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Historic Site’s Visitors Center which offers exhibits and films on the life, work and times of Dr. and Mrs. King. For more information visit their website at www.nps.gov/malu/
2. Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
In 1960 the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. joined his father as co-pastor of Ebenezer, a position that he held during the height of the civil rights movement until his death in 1968. For more information about the congregation today please visit www.historicebenezer.org.
3. Morehouse College MLK Collection
The 10,000-piece collection of handwritten notes and unpublished sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. is housed at Morehouse College, Dr. King’s alma mater. Check their website for up-to-date information regarding this historic project at www.morehouse.edu/kingcollection.
4. The Centers fot Disease Control (CDC)
The King Center and the CDC have collaborated in an ongoing manner for the past several years, working together on initiatives like Health & Wellness Forums and violence-prevention workshops for youth.
5. Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
American civil rights organization that played a central leadership role in the American Civil Rights Movement. Other prominent members have included Joseph Lowery, Ralph Abernathy, Ella Baker, Jesse Jackson, C.T. Vivian, Walter E. Fauntroy, Dorothy Cotton, Hosea Williams, Maya Angelou, Andrew Young, and Martin Luther King III. Call (404) 522-1420 for more information.
6. Auburn Avenue Research Library
The first public library in the Southeast to offer specialized reference and archival collections dedicated to the study and research of African American culture and history and of other peoples of African descent. For more information on hours of operation and current exhibits, the library may be contacted at (404) 730-4001.
7. MLK Natatorium
Located just around the corner from the Martin Luther King Memorial, this year round natatorium offers an indoor swimming pool, aqua aerobic course and a gym. Free parking is available behind the new Ebenezer Baptist Church, next door. For more information, call (404) 658-7330.
8.Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. CNCS is also the primary driver of the King Day of Service on a national level, which the King Center supports by orchestrating a variety of activities in Atlanta and providing accurate information on Dr. King’s life and work.
9. The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Standford University
Created to provide an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired. Serves as an enduring link between Stanford’s research resources and King’s dream of global peace with social justice and the King Papers Project, which produces a comprehensive multi-volume collection of King’s most important correspondence, sermons, publications, speeches, unpublished manuscripts, and other material and makes its significant research efforts available online and in popular books and audios.
10. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
For more information, please visit http://www.mlkmemorial.org.
For more information about the King Center, please visit www.thekingcenter.org