National Center for Civil and Human Rights
View the iconic life-sized Obama portraits
Start in Atlanta, and experience the official portraits of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the High Museum of Art. With audio-visual elements to make it a 360-degree experience, you’ll get insight into the painting process and learn about the artists behind the portraits, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. While there, be sure to celebrate Black artists and their works displayed throughout the museum. Don't miss out; the Obama portraits are on view for a limited time through March 20, 2022.
Dine where civil rights giants once gathered
Once the “meeting place” for some of the most notable activists, entertainers, and politicians – including Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dr. Martin Luther King – Paschal's Restaurant is an Atlanta staple for Southern cuisine. The restaurant is a must for those looking for history and the perfect fried chicken.
Explore the past, present and future of the American human rights movement
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights connects the American civil rights movement to today's global human rights movements. With four immersive exhibit spaces, including The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, where visitors can view the personal papers and items of Dr. King, you’ll be inspired to take action in the worldwide movement for human rights.
Catch a show at one of the oldest vaudeville theatres in the United States
Check out one of the few remaining vaudeville theatres built, owned, and operated by a Black businessman by the name of Pink Morton in Athens. The Morton Theatre holds a legacy of hosting music heavy hitters like Duke Ellington, Ma Rainey, and Cab Calloway. Today, the theatre has been restored and adapted as a performing arts space where you can catch live performances like "Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy or "Moving Mountains," both hitting the stage in February.
Take a ride through history
Hop on a Bike Bike Baby and take a tour to learn about the rich history of downtown Augusta. Visit the home of the wealthiest Black woman in Augusta, historic Black churches and congregations, and more, all on bike. Also offered are art tours and a soul tour that touches on the life of the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown.
Browse through a unique collection of historic artifacts
Housed in the former campus of Thomasville’s first public high school for African Americans, the Jack Hadley Black History Museum tells the story of some of America’s (and Thomasville’s) first Black achievers through news clippings, prints, pictures, paintings, posters, books, magazines and more. After exploring more than 4,000 artifacts, some dating back to the 18th century, you’re sure to leave with a deeper knowledge and facts that you never knew about Black history and culture.
Indulge in cherished family recipes at a James Beard Award-nominated bakery
In the heart of Savannah’s Starland District, Back in the Day Bakery boasts a menu of biscuits, jams, pies, and more that embody Southern baking. Made from recipes passed down from her grandmother, these decadent delights showcase owner Cheryl Day's African American heritage. Swing by and see why this vintage-inspired bakery is a Savannah favorite.
Tune into Jekyll Island’s untold musical history
Explore the former grounds of the historic Dolphin Club and Motor Hotel and learn about Jekyll Island's little-known Black and musical history. Take a tour to unearth stories about St. Andrews, which became a summer mecca for Black acts (and Georgia natives) such as Otis Redding and Millie Jackson. You’ll even get a chance to hear oral stories about the Dolphin Club in its heyday.