Whenever Marty and I get a chance to travel, we do. If work gets in the way, I will take the kids on a trip just so we don’t lose that moment to teach them. This is probably my favorite part of homeschooling, well that and sleeping in daily. During one of our road trips, we were able to take the kids by various historical sites. Actually, all of our trips are planned around history and learning. We were in Memphis and we went by the Lorraine Hotel. Our oldest had a lot of questions. I stood there in silence. There was a sadness around that moment. A great man (out of many) was killed during some of America’s hardest times – the Civil Rights Movement. Thankfully Marty was there to answer all his questions.
After we went by the Lorraine Hotel, we knew we needed to take the kids by Martin Luther King Jr.’s home. We travel to Atlanta a lot as a family. We have some family there but we also just simply love the capital of Georgia. It truly is a wonderful city full of history, fun, and excitement.
We made it to MLK Jr.’s birth home – a NPS Historic Site. It was a gorgeous day in Atlanta and it felt amazing to be there.
The visitor center is full of rich history. As you tour the facility you find yourself slowly walking because there are beautiful images that captured not only MLK Jr. but the Civil Rights Movement as well. Everything is self-guided except for the birth home itself.
MLK Jr. preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church. According to the NPS website, “Its most famous member, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was baptized as a child in the church. After giving a trial sermon to the congregation at Ebenezer at the age of 19 Martin was ordained as a minister. In 1960 Dr. King, Jr. became a co-pastor of Ebenezer with his father, “Daddy” King. He remained in that position until his death in 1968. As a final farewell to his spiritual home Dr. King, Jr.’s funeral was held in the church.”
“Fire Station No. 6 was built in 1894 and served the “Sweet” Auburn community until 1991. Hear about the desegregation of the Atlanta Fire Department and view a 1927 American LaFrance fire engine at the museum.” –NPS website.
MLK Jr.’s Birth Home. To me, it is like many other homes in the downtown Atlanta area. He only lived there for the first 12 years of his life. Tours are guided and you will need to get there early. The tour is free but are limited to 15 people. It runs about 30 minutes.
Did you know that Dr. King earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehouse College, his Bachelor of Divinity from Crozier Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate of Philosophy from Boston University?