MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 101
In the Footsteps Of Dr. King
Seventy-seven years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was born. Here are destinations marked by King's work and redolent with his memory.
ATLANTA: No city has stronger ties to King than Atlanta, where the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (450 Auburn Ave., 404-331-5190, http:/
King's crypt, elevated above a reflecting pool, also sits within the site, as do other exhibits and historic buildings. To see the birth home, take a free ranger-led tour; get tickets at the visitors center upon arrival.
Across town, quotations adorn the front of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and the base of the King statue in front of it at Morehouse College (830 Westview Dr. SW, http:/
MONTGOMERY, ALA.: The Rosa Parks Library and Museum (251 Montgomery St., 334-241-8615, http:/
BIRMINGHAM: See the door from the cell where King wrote "Letter From Birmingham Jail" at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (520 16th St. N., 866-328-9696, http:/
The same intersection is the site of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (1530 Sixth Ave. N., 205-251-9402; $3), a civil rights hub where King spoke several times before the infamous 1963 bombing that killed four girls.
SELMA, ALA.: Now a sign-marked national historic trail, the Selma-to-Montgomery march route (334-727-6390, http:/
The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute (1012 Water Ave., 334-418-0800; $6) sits at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" attack by Alabama law officers on peaceful marchers. (King was not present but led a ceremonial march to the bridge two days later.) The museum's exhibits include displays on King.
MEMPHIS: The Lorraine Motel , site of King's April 4, 1968, assassination, now houses part of the National Civil Rights Museum (450 Mulberry St., 901-521-9699, http:/
BOSTON: King received his PhD in systematic theology from Boston University, where the Mugar Memorial Library has an exhibit on King's career -- including correspondence with people including Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson -- in the Martin Luther King Reading Room (771 Commonwealth Ave., 617-353-2700, http:/
WASHINGTON: Organizers hope to break ground this year on an MLK memorial ( http:/
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW, 202-727-0321, http:/
RESOURCES: Several federal agencies teamed to produce "We Shall Overcome," a list of 49 historic places (plus the Selma-to-Montgomery route) associated with the civil rights movement. Info: http:/
-- Ben Brazil