Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth Home in Atlanta

Free guided tours are available of the home where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929, and lived until he was 12 years old.

Driving Back into Georgia's Civil Rights History

Follow this three-day guide from Atlanta to Albany and the Georgia coast to discover places forever changed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can hear that familiar voice as you stroll through these revered places. His words flood your mind, and you feel chills knowing you're standing where he once stood.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream remains alive today, and his memory is preserved on the streets and in buildings around his home of Atlanta and across Georgia.

Atlanta is constantly changing, and has been since the 1960s, when folks began calling it the "city too busy to hate." Much of the Atlanta that Dr. King knew and loved is gone, replaced by new buildings, new businesses and new burbs.

But in a preserved part of the city named Sweet Auburn, where you can feed your mind, stomach and soul, Dr. King's boyhood home remains, as does the church where his voice proclaimed the good word to his congregation and a nation.

Dr. King's battles for equality sent him to cities throughout the state and South, where he encountered hostility and violence, all in the name of peace. More than 50 years later, you can drive these same roads and stop in these same cities as part of Georgia's Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail, which brings his travels, sacrifices and accomplishments to a new generation.

Let this itinerary serve as a guide to places that Dr. King touched, but enjoy the freedom to explore other sites across the state.

These touchstones from history bring the civil rights era to life and offer more than a few photos and souvenirs. Witnessing the memories of Georgia's civil rights past can provide a journey of meaningful discovery, and bring a renewed sense of direction and momentum to our current lives.

Published: April 2019