A guide to local favorites in Sweet Auburn
- By Nneka M. Okona
- Photos by Kevin D. Liles
Old Fourth Ward is among the Atlanta neighborhoods that’s survived the longest, with the deepest African American history. Within it is Sweet Auburn, home to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park, where the civil rights crusader and Nobel Peace Prize winner is buried, and a stretch of businesses along Auburn Avenue that represent a time when black residents flourished. These spots are as much an ode to that sense of black pride as they are touchstones of what makes Atlanta what it is today.
Meet Nneka Okona
Nneka has lived in Atlanta since 2016 — this go-round. She’s from Atlanta, by way of Stone Mountain, and returned after living in Madrid and Washington, D.C. She considers herself a true Georgia peach and can’t give up sweet tea and skillet cornbread.
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