This past weekend in Atlanta we finally made it to the King Center (formally: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change). Living in the South has been such an eye-opening experience for me. Atlanta is very progressive for the cities down here, but along the roads from one city to the next, you can certainly get a feel for how the racial attitudes used to be, and how it still is. It’s strange to walk down a street in Atlanta and see the tangible history of the struggle for civil rights, no longer just something in a history book.
While the displays and technologies might make it look straight of out the 60’s, the information, history, and stories it shares is more timely than ever. I’m almost embarassed that we didn’t make it to the King Center earlier, especially given the civil rights advances and regressions of the past few years. It’s an important stop on an Atlanta tour—and best of all, it’s free for everyone.