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The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, located in Atlanta, GA, commemorates the life and times of the slain civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. King, the son of a Baptist minister, was born and raised in Atlanta where he graduated from Morehouse College before receiving his Ph. D. from Boston University.

King's '57 visit to India had a defining impact on his commitment to Gandhi's teachings of nonviolence. Upon returning, King increasingly assumed leadership of the civil rights movement. His insistence that American society fulfill its promises of equality for all culminated with the 1963 march on Washington and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The year 1964 saw the historic passing of the first civil rights bill of this century, not only accomplishing a central goal of the civil rights movement but also inspiring countless other liberation movements at home and abroad.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is comprised of the Martin Luther King, Jr. birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the MLK grave site and a preservation district which helps maintain the historic atmosphere of the Sweet Auburn community that produced our nation's foremost civil rights leader.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site is a must for anyone interested in the American quest to achieve its ideals and the inherently spiritual, one might say sublime, nature of America's complex and evolving history.

Information provided by the National Park Service



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