February is Black History Month! Although it is not the only month where I recognize the great things African Americans have done, my family and I always take the time out during February to look into and explore other areas of black culture.
Recently, we explored a few historical Black areas in Atlanta, Georgia. My favorite spot was the Martin Luther King Center in downtown Atlanta. We visited the museum where they have lots of memorabilia from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s past. We took a tour around the historical Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue as well.
What’s most beautiful is that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Corretta Scott King, have been laid to rest in a tomb in the middle of a reflecting pool at the King Center. The tombstones have their names engraved on them and are raised above the water’s surface, completely surrounded. Plus, there is the eternal flame set up right across from the tombstones and it shines constantly.
The walk to his childhood home is right up the street. The house even has a wheelchair elevator! The elevator was built onto the back of the house for visitors who need wheelchair accessibility to view the first and second floor. There is a ranger from the National Park Service who gives tours and provides insight into how the family lived. It’s so amazing.
Although I’m glad I didn’t have to grow up in a segregated time, I’m glad my grandparents and great grandparents helped to make this world a more equal place to live. The Center for Civil and Human Rights is another place you all need to visit the next time you are in Atlanta!
About Morgan Steward: Morgan is an honorary police officer for the Covington Georgia Police Department. He uses the Stretto Power Wheelchair for mobility. Morgan is an active member in his community and enjoys helping others. Click here to learn more about Morgan.